Good morning and Happy 4th of July to my friends over the pond. I'm so excited to share with you, the latest KAL from Crafts from the Cwtch, called 'Pick A Boo' Summer Shawl KAL. It couldn't have come at a better time, I've been looking for the perfect shawl pattern to use with this beautiful yarn I've got in my stash, can you see the little sparkly bits?
I had this yarn as part of The Natural Dye Studio Yarn of the Month back in August 2012, it's called Jubilee and it was to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is a 4ply sock yarn in 75% BFL/ 20% silk/ 5% Stellina and I love it!!! It was one of those yarns that I couldn't bring myself to use until I found the perfect pattern.
Last week, Sarah announced that she was starting the 'Pick A Boo' KAL, through July and August, you chose one of the 22 Boo Knits patterns which are in all range of yarn weights. There is a free pattern called Dragonfly Wings, which is stunning but I chose to do Cloud Illusions, which I thought was perfect for my yarn, (I will be doing the Dragonfly Wings shawl, once I've finished this one).
I've been looking for a large shawl pattern over the last few months, I'm off on my holidays in September and just wanted something light and airy to throw over my shoulders, when it drops cooler on the evening. This will be my first large shawl, that I've knitted, I feel very grown up!!!! It is also the first knit that I will be adding beads too, I've ordered some beautiful 5.5mm pale pink beads from Pavi Yarns.
Spot the Difference..........
I cast on the shawl, Monday night and only planned to do a few rows and have an early night but as the top photo shows, I just kept knitting, even though I was very tired.Big mistake, when I picked it back up again the following evening, I looked at it and was not happy, the tension was too loose and looked messy to me so I frogged it and started again.
I cast on again and got back to the same place. The bottom photo looks a lot neater to me with a more even tension, I'm much happier with it, can you tell the difference or was it me been too fussy?
It's not too late to join in, you can cast on anytime through July and August but if you sign up to the Ravelry group, Knitalong with Crafts from the Cwtch by tomorrow, you get the chance to win some prizes, that's always fun!!!!
Thanks for stopping by, back soon