I’ve finished this project a couple of weeks ago, but had to wait for Mother’s Day to post it since it was a gift for my Mom. I saw this pattern right after it was released and knew I wanted to make one (or a dozen!) and the more finished projects I saw on ravelry, the more I wanted to knit it!
Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer
Yarn: Three Irish Girls McClellan DK in Buckingham
Modifications: The pattern calls for either sport or worsted weight. I used a DK weight and followed the directions for the sport weight. Other than that…no mods! It was a very quick and satisfying knit and I love the finished product…and thankfully, so does my Mom!
Is it a cowl or a shawl? Sort of both…you knit the “body” flat and then join to work in the round for the edging. You get the look of a shawlette but without having to keep adjusting it so it doesn’t fall off! It’s actually sort of genius.
The TIG McClellan was totally dreamy to knit with. The bamboo gives it a lovely sheen and amazing drape. I have another skein in a semi-solid purple which just might become a Zuzu’s Petals for me!
Last Friday night as I was trying to decide on what to wear to my first day working at Stash, I realized that I didn’t have any handknits that were made from yarn carried at Stash. Not that I don’t have some of those yarns in my personal stash, but they have yet to become anything wearable! So, as a solution…I give you a little cowl/necklace/accessory-thingy:
Pattern: Sev[en] Circle by Kirsten Johnstone
Yarn: Abstract Fiber Super Sock (100% Superwash Merino) in Pheasant
The Super Sock was lovely to work with and it softened up quite a bit after washing. The resulting cowl is very wearable and such a great use for highly variegated yarn. I think it would be great knit up in a worsted weight yarn with a few less circles, too! I see more of these in my future.
For those wondering, here is what the cowl looks like after you’re finished knitting it before you put it around your neck:
kinda weird looking, right?!
I also have some really big, exciting news. My Shadow sweater is DONE! Well….it’s currently drying and needs the ends woven in once it’s dry. But I redid all the seaming and am MUCH happier with the sweater. Details and pics to come later in the week or this weekend. I finally feel like I can start the next sweater in the queue. I think I’ll swatch tonight!
And because I know we all like to torture our pets will silly costumes, here’s a photo of Sailor from Halloween. He wore the costume for approximately 2 minutes before he managed to squirm his way out of it.
Sailor the lobster-dog.