I was hoping to post this earlier this morning before I left for a day of rock climbing (I love Saturdays!), but that didn't happen.
Speaking of rock climbing, sometimes I feel really irresponsible as a knitting clarinetist being so rough on my hands.
Other times I think, "Who cares? This is fun!" I got a blood blister on one of my fingers today and gouged out a chunk of another (and I got a rope burn on my leg when I fell), not to mention the fact that the last time I went climbing, I wore out my forearms so much that the muscles I use to play clarinet weren't working. That was an unproductive day...
Anyway, on to my FO!
This is Herbivore, by Stephen West, (and yes, that is a chewed up corn cob, courtesy of the neighborhood squirrels). If you remember, I test-knit his Botanic Hat earlier this summer and he wanted me to test-knit this shawl as well. The pattern will be available on Monday.
I used almost a full skein of Pagewood Farm St. Elias (linked in my previous post) in the colorway Mississippi Mud, which I thought was fantastic. The color makes me happy not only because I'm a boring guy, but because I've lived only a couple of blocks from the Mississippi my whole life, so I thought it was fitting. Oh, and I used size 6 needles with this fingering-weight yarn.
The pattern itself was really interesting and it made a lot of sense, and I love twisted ribbing, so I was very happy to knit this one. In addition to the typical increasing along a center stitch a and at the edges like most triangular shawls, Stephen also incorporated another pair of increases halfway between these points which made for an interesting finished shape that will stay on your shoulders or wrapped around your neck more easily.
When I wear this around my neck, sometimes I catch myself thinking, "This yarn is a little scratchy..." but I love it. I actually like the reminder that I'm wearing something I made by hand, and the yarn really is quite soft and lofty, with a teensy bit of fuzziness.
Meet my fence: (sorry, I ran out of things to say)
...and now I'm off to knit. (also, I apologize that I always either look depressed or like a creeper in my pictures, I'll work on that)