February was the month where I finished two green and brown shawls that were the same shape and designed by podcasters. I didn’t do this on purpose – it was a complete coincidence.
Pattern: Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones
Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts in Soliloquy in Into the Woods (.89 skein, 586.9 yards)
Needles: US 6
Date started: January 12, 2016
Date completed: February 16, 2016
I didn’t take a close up photo of the yarn, but trust me, it’s light green with some brown.
I purchased this yarn at Yarn Con last year. It’s a 150 g put up, so it has more yardage than typical skeins of fingering weight yarn. I bought it specifically to make a shawl, I was just waiting to find the right pattern.
Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears Podcast designed the pattern. I saw the pattern on the podcast and thought this yarn would be perfect for it. The pattern called for about 150 g of yarn, so I wouldn’t have too much leftover yarn. I wanted to use as much of the skein as possible. I used all one color, but some people who have knit this pattern used two colors, and those are beautiful as well.
I loved knitting this pattern. The body of the shawl is pretty and easy to knit, so I was able to work on this pattern while watching hockey. The best part is the edging at the bottom. Typically when I’ve done edging like that it involved binding off hundreds of stitches and then picking them up. This keeps all the stitches on the needle, which was so much easier.
I would recommend this shawl for someone who wants to start their first lace project. The lace in the body of the shawl is basic. There is more shaping in the edging, but it’s still pretty easy. And the results are so pretty!
In the month of February, you could get 20 Winter Camp bonus points by finishing a project for your neck, so I got bonus points for this one.
Pattern: Across the Pond Shawl by Mina Philipp
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in Black Mousse (.92 skeins – 368.3 yards) and Frosted Kiwi (.82 skeins, 328.2 yards)
Needles: US 5
Date started: February 4, 2016
Date completed: February 25, 2016
I worked very hard to get this project done in February to get Winter Camp bonus points. I couldn’t get the neck points because I got those with the Duchess of Devonshire shawl, and you can only get one type of bonus points once a month. This shawl was designed by Mina Philipp of the Knitting Expat Podcast, who was one of the Winter Camp featured designers for February. I wouldn’t get the bonus points if I finished it in March.
I had two color combination possibilities for this shawl. The first was some very light pink and very dark gray I bought at Purl Soho in New York a couple of years ago. The second was the color combination I chose. I bought this yarn the day before Christmas Eve as a Christmas gift for myself because it was so soft (it has some cashmere in it) and pretty and shiny. I just wanted to knit with this yarn more, so I chose it.
After I chose this yarn for this project I realized I would be making back-to-back green and brown shawls. The greens are both light and kind of similar, so I decided to use the brown yarn for the body of this shawl. Thankfully they don’t look too similar.
As with the first shawl, I wanted to use as much of this yarn as possible. As such, I kept knitting repeats of each section until I didn’t have enough yarn for another full repeat, ignoring the pattern a bit which gives recommendations as to where to stop. I still have enough yarn for hexipuffs, though.
I felt very accomplished to finished large fingering weight projects so quickly.
I am doing the yards in/yards out calculations this year, but you may have noticed that I haven’t put those calculations in my posts. That’s because I haven’t bought any yarn yet this year, and you can’t divide by zero. It’s been very difficult – I’ve really been in the mood to buy yarn, and I’ve had to force myself not to go into any of the local yarn stores around here. But so far, so good.