Monday, March 23, 2009

New Project

Yesterday I cast on for my Revontuli shawl. I am doing this as part of a spin along in the Spinner Central group on Ravelry. It's fun to see how everyone is spinning for and knitting the pattern. So far they are all beautiful. I decided to use this roving, Lemon Berry BFL, that I hand painted. I started by
separating out the colors. For the purples and yellows I spun directly from the roving, for the pinks I blended the odds and ends on my drum carder to get a more heathered look.

I had to run both skeins through the opposite direction to remove some twist so it would be balanced, but I think it is worth the extra effort to have an unbiased knit.

The good thing about spinning specifically for a project is the amount of control you have. I started with short color repeats and gradually made them longer.

Hopefully this will work out so the last rows of the shawl are distributed as evenly as the first few rows. I am having fun watching it come together.

We are off to Taos this Wed. for Spring break, so we will see how much knitting time I get. I think this will be perfect for the long drive.
I also have finished the main knitting for my Mom's sweater and just have to sew it together and make the button bands, so close!
Happy Spring!


cheryl said...

The shawl looks beautiful, good job on the spinning. Also, a sigh of relief, your Mom's sweater is almost done. We will miss you at the knitting retreat, have fun in Taos, I always wanted to go there.

Lauren said...

It looks great now and it's going to be fabulous when it's done! Nice.

StarSpry said...

Very nice! Glad to hear you're almost done with your mom's sweater :)

Hope you have a great time in Taos!