New Project? Of course it's a new project! On Friday, I received a request for a knitted item for my local collage alumnae group for an upcoming potluck / raffle. Did I mention that it's in mid-May? I'm going to give it a try, though I reserve the right to ditch at the last minute and sew a lap quilt (a fast lap quilt) instead. It's a simple garter stitch triangle shawl, using Rowan Felted Tweed for the main part and probably some sport-weight alpaca for the edging. The pattern is based on the Wool Peddler's Shawl by Cheryl Oberle (Rav Link), but I'm using the mods in this incredibly gorgeous version. I'm stretching that link across four words because it's really, really worth checking out. I was led to that version by this version, which I also love--but I don't think that I want to take the time off from work that would be necessary to get it done in a month. The raffle proceeds may not cover the cost of the yarn, after all--no need to get too crazy and use up my vacation time.
It's coming along fine for now, and it looks pretty good. The rows are not yet so long that they are a drag to sit through, although that day is certainly coming. I did mysteriously purl a stitch in the middle of a row a little while ago, but it's fixed now. I bought black yarn to use as the edging, but once I brought it home I realized that I have the same yarn in a brown that would also match some of the slubs in the blue tweed. I'm still leaning towards the black, but I have a feeling that by the time I get to that point I may just pick the closest ball of fun fur and end it. Sophisticated, yes?