Right now I'm participating in a knit along at my LYS. Last week, I posted a picture of the very beginning of my shawl...what I had managed to knit at the first meeting. Well, what I knit after ripping out my first attempt to go down a couple of needle sizes. I was good and had swatched the night before and according to the guage measurements, I needed a size 7 needle, so that's what I went with. Except when I was unhappy with the fabric as I was knitting the shawl. I knew I wouldn't wear it at such a loose gauge so I ripped it out and started over with size 5 needles. I know I am risking running out of yarn, but I'm okay with buying more to finish the project if needed. I will be at the shop the next couple of weeks!
[I couldn't help but include a close up of my pretty Rosewood needle. I am in love with these Dyakcraft Darn Pretty Needles.]
Last Sunday there was no meetup because of the Memorial Day weekend, so Courtney and I had our own little knit along party. We watched House of Cards and worked on our Melodias. It's such a simple knit...perfect for TV watching. In fact, it's going so quickly that I might have to make it 'meeting only' knitting.
Last Wednesday I also jumped into the Tales from the Isle of Purbeck MKAL (Mystery Knit Along). I have been hesitant to participate in mystery knit alongs where I can't see the pattern in its entirety before beginning. I like choosing a proper yarn and honestly, the control. However, I do love byannieclaire's aesthetic, so I decided to give it a go. Trying new things is good, right?
The pattern was designed with Hole and Sons yarn in mind. Their yarn is released in limited quantities and sells out in minutes. I think the last batch went in 2 minutes! Although I didn't get my hands on any, I do follow benjaminhole on Instagram, but it's more like I'm following the sheep, which is fun.
Anyway, I wanted to stick with the theme of the MKAL and stick with local / single source wool. The designer provided a list of similar yarns that would work in the Ravelry group, so after checking them out, I settled on O-Wool Local in the Hornbeam colorway. I was undecided between the Hornbeam and Wissahickon colorways because I love Wissahickon park, but the Hornbeam is a color I will wear more often. I went with O-Wool because it's a Philadelphia company! The yarn is a 50/50 merino alpaca blend with the alpaca coming from local Pennsylvanian and New Jersey alpacas.
P.S. I'm linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along!