|Japan Sleeves in progress|
Then there are those patterns, that for whatever reason, create a challenge from start to finish. This was the case for me when knitting a shawl for my lovely sister-in-law's birthday. I had planned to knit the shawl pattern, Algiers by Kirsten Kapur, a pattern that I had knit before. I chose to knit it in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in a beautiful colourway called Coquette. To me it was the perfect combination of pattern, colour and yarn. As I tried to knit this pattern during a very busy work month I ended up ripping it out three times. This was due mainly to losing focus on the lace pattern and making silly mistakes. I gave up and tried a simpler pattern and still I was making errors. I ripped that attempt out and once things started calming down on the work front I retried Algiers and this time was able to do it. Lesson learned...stay away from knitting complicated patterns when you are busy elsewhere.
Despite all the frustration I am glad I persisted because I am very happy with how it turned out.
Coquette is a beautiful shade of pink with a very slight variegation which was hard to pick up on camera. Luckily I had bought a couple skeins of this yarn because Tosh Merino Light does not like to be ripped out three times. It became quite fuzzy and fortunately I had enough yarn that I did not have to reuse the yarn that been ripped out. However, going forward, if I am going to do a complicated pattern again I think I would use another yarn.
|This shawl is in progress after I knit the third section|
Have a great week! Hopefully things will start thawing out around here. I am ready for spring. How about you?