It’s that season again where knitting/crocheting just feels like the right thing! It’s a perfect season for all my favorite knitted gear – chunky wrist warmers, light cardigans, and ANY kind of shawl. I just finished the Brandywine Shawl, by Rosemary Hill – most of the proceeds from the pattern went to Doctors Without Borders and their relief work in Haiti and she sent almost $15,000 so far! I knit the shawl up in a lovely Indigo Moon superwash merino colorway Blue Jean. Here is a picture of my DIY blocking – it’s now in the store, but I don’t think I can part with it as a sample, I need to wear it!
The cast off for the shawl is a new technique I had never tried before – but is definitely a favorite. It calls for a reverse stockinette st. I-cord bind off. This bind off provided a stiffer ridge, but also stretchy – I think perhaps the best edge for a shawl I’ve ever done! There is a great Youtube Video on the Cast off here. And a good description of it from Knitty here.
Speaking of Shawls, there is a new KNIT-A-LONG group starting up at Baaad Anna’s – starting on Wednesday, October 6 at 6pm during the regular stitch ‘n’ bitch hours at the store. The project will be the lovely Swallowtail Shawl here is an example of the shawl knitted up in the lovely Cashsilk Lace by Sweet Georgia Yarn. Kirsten did this version in a deep chocolatey brown!
Finally, I wanted to include this adorable picture of baby bohdan wearing a great little sweater that was knit up and sent to us by the lovely ladies at Three Bags Full. This is whyI just love the knitting community – thanks TBF!