|Clara Yarn: CVM/Romeldale 2.0|
After much searching the pattern I ended up finally choosing was The Elder Tree Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia (also known as softsweater), a Canadian from Vancouver. This designer is quite hot right now on Ravelry. She is the designer behind such beautiful patterns as Waiting for Rain, The Lonely Tree Shawl and her newest pattern The Rain Outside, just to name a few. The Elder Tree Shawl is a simple lace pattern, which is easy to follow and I am very happy with the result so far. Hopefully, with blocking one skein will be enough to make a small sized shawl. Oh, how I wish I bought two skeins because this pattern is written so that you can keep knitting for as long as you have yarn. It would have been great to knit this to be a bigger shawl. This yarn is so different than anything I have ever had the opportunity to knit with. It is a woolen spun yarn and according to Clara Parkes CVM is the most critically rare sheep breed in the United States. Here is what I have knit so far:
|The Elder Tree Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia|
I knit the first sleeve as directed in the pattern which in place of the ribbing on the sleeves had a lovely cable sweater. I knit the first sleeve as directed, but once trying it on decided to rip out the cables and reknit it as plain ribbing. I was much happier with the result.
|Second Attempt with ribbing|
The yarn I used was the luxurious Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Baroque Violet colourway. It was deep in my stash and it feels very good to finally use it.
|Madelinetosh Pashmina: Baroque Violet|
Now I am looking forward to picking a few patterns to knit this summer. I am on vacation in a week and I have so many patterns in my queue that I want to knit next. I am so excited...stay tuned to my Instagram account as I will try and post some of my trip photos and knitting progress. Happy summer everyone! I hope you are all taking some time for yourself.