Monday, September 14, 2009

A Simple Knit

A little bit after my last post I had to frog both Camellia and Buttercup. I tightened my gauge while working on the front of Camellia and it was much smaller than the back. For Buttercup, one of my skeins was a different dyelot than the others and while not glaringly noticeable, was enough to bother me. I was going to try to start again with them, but knew they probably wouldn't be finished until the end of this month or October and I have lots of fall knitting I'm itching to start! So I set them aside to pick up again next spring.

I wasn't feeling very enthusiastic about my knitting after frogging two sweaters, so a simple, mindless project sounded great. I'd had a skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock that I wanted to use for a Simple Yet Effective Shawl for a while, so I cast on for that project.

There's nothing like a simple pattern and Noro yarn to get me into my knitting again! I started the shawl on August 24 and finished on August 28.

I couldn't put this project down, and I can't wait to make another! This is an absolutely perfect simple, mindless project with beautiful results.

Pattern: Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Laura Chau
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, every bit of one skein, color s211
Needles: US 4
Mods: None

So, after reconciling with knitting again, I swatched for five sweaters. (yes, I've got big plans I'm not sure I'll be able to carry out!)

From left to right, they are:

Cascade Eco Wool for a Heather Hoodie Vest, Araucania Nature Wool for a February Lady Sweater, Rowan Rowanspun Aran for a DROPS Jacket, Rowan Felted Tweed for a Tangled Yoke Cardigan and Rowan 4 Ply Soft for an Apres Surf Hoodie.

See you next time with a fall projects post! Also, I finished the Entomology Mittens and they are blocking, so I'll have finished photos of those as well.


amanda said...

Gorgeous! Been thinking about doing another one of these with some Zauberball I picked up.

Rebekah said...

That's a beautiful shawl! Noro is so much fun to work with and I love the colors.

Oiyi said...

That shawl is gorgeous! Noro rocks!
You are so good about swatching! I can't wait to see the 5 sweaters.

Hilary said...

Everything you make is always SO LOVELY! Even your swatches are gorgeous! Love your Noro's a great pattern, isn't it?

Rima said...

Wow. This is just beautiful!


Sam said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous.

Octopus Knits said...

The shawl is gorgeous! Love all that color :)
...and your swatches portend some exciting knitting!

Anonymous said...

Wow! The shawl is beautiful! What fun with all those colors.

Beth said...

Ok, so I'll jump on the Noro bandwagon too. I LOVE this stuff. Your shawl looks fantastic. I'm also excited to watch your progress on the jacket. I've been thinking about making one for myself but am hesitating for some reason. Maybe it's all the socks I've got going for Soctoberfest?!