And the summer of shawls continues...
Pattern: Aestlight, by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Shepherd's Lamb organic wool from a farmer's market in Santa Fe, 2 skeins of Indigo
Needles: US 6 circs
Start to Finish: July 19-24, 2009
Mods: Because I used a DK weight yarn and didn't think I'd have enough to follow the pattern exactly as written and simply create a bigger shawl, I thought I'd get my math on and recalculate things to fit my yarn. So, for the center triangle I only worked until there were 40 loops, which made it about the same size as the pattern's center triangle (calculated from gauge) and also gave me the number of stitches needed to do the Bird's Eye Lace evenly later on. After the Bird's Eye Lace and surrounding garter stitch border, I kicked myself because it appeared that I would have had enough yarn to do a bigger center triangle and a larger shawl. So I added another little panel of Bird's Eye (4 repeats), started on a second garter stitch border and kicked myself again. Totally right the first time, and I had nowhere near enough yarn to do the pretty border. And because I tend to be anti-ripping (when I rip, I end up not picking up the stitches correctly and messing something up 100% of the time), I just kicked myself a third time and bound off. I really do like it this way, but I'd love to make one true to pattern as well.
P.S. I have a confession to make. I originally made this as a gift, but loved it so much that I kept it. It's just so cozy...and such a pretty blue... Ugh, I am a selfish knitter!!!
P.P.S. I absolutely love all of Gudrun's designs. Am almost done with an Audrey In Unst from the new Twist Collective...
P.P.P.S. According to the label, this yarn is organic and was dyed with chemical-free dyes and was processed organically and they make a big deal about using a non-petroleum soap to wash it. But I also noticed that, though the wool comes from sheep in New Mexico, it was spun by a plant in Vermont. Though I fully appreciate the all-natural and low-environmental-impact state of this yarn, doesn't shipping it back and forth between New Mexico and Vermont come with a pretty big carbon footprint (because I'm pretty sure they didn't walk it there)? Or am I being too critical?