I'm participating in Camp Loopy, which is a fun KAL sponsored by The Loopy Ewe. The first project is supposed to be finished by July 15 and posted to their site. Well, I finished the knitting over July 4th weekend, but it took until yesterday to finally weave in the ends and block it. Yeah, I'm a bit slow on the finishing.
I had a hard time taking pictures of this project. It is a shawl. I'm home by myself wearing an old racing T and have no desire to put on a nicer shirt just for the photo op. The camera, battery guzzler that it is, has no batteries and I don't remember where we put the rechargables. So, I took the pictures with the iPad, sent them to myself via email, and did my normal Flickr routine with them.
Thank goodness that the iPad has a camera on both sides. It made this task 100% easier, though I don't normally want to splash the Intarwebs with my mug shot.
Sweetly Worn by Natalie Selles is my first striped shawl. I bought the pattern (and far too much yarn) at the market night for SAW. I had seen one or two around the workshop and they were all attractive and very comfortable.
There is one thing I wished I had done differently: make bigger loops at the color changes. When I was blocking it out, because my blocking surface wasn't big enough I folded the shawl in half along the center increase line. The two wings of the shawl did not line up however. My loops which felt generous while I was knitting the project were not enough to allow it to stretch to the same extent as the other side. It is a fairly big difference when you are blocking it or just sitting it on a chair, but it is subtle when you are wearing it.
I made mine is Cascade Heritage Silk (the yellow) and Hand Maiden Swiss Silk in Melon (oh my the deliciousness). It reminds me of summer sunshine, and pink grapefruits and lemons. I love that my "neutral" color isn't white or black or grey, but something cheerful. It may not match anything in my wardrobe ever, but I don't care. It's why I wear black afterall.