I haven't blogged in awhile, but I swear I have a good excuse. This month I've dealt with my sister's graduation, being on vacation with my family, and a job change. Oh, and I got engaged this past weekend. Whew! (Small aside: a knitting blog I love reading is Carpal Tunnel Bride, check it out if you want to see some very ambitious knitting)
Needless to say all those events didn't leave a lot of room for knitting, but I did manage to finish a birthday present for my Grandma. Please excuse the not-so-great picture quality; they were taken at 11pm the night before it needed to get in the mail to make it to her on time.
pattern: Margrathea by Martina Behm
yarn: Skinny Bugga! in Smaller Yellow Ant
I bought the .pdf of this pattern over a year ago and attempted to make one for myself. I don't think I managed to get past the setup lace chart; it just never "clicked" in my mind. I decided to try it again to make a shawlette for my grandma because she had liked the Cedar Leaf Shawlette I made her last year so much. Perhaps the knitting gods smile kindly on my Grandma, because this time I got it. And once I got into the pattern, it flew by pretty quickly.
The yarn was such fun to work with. I've made a couple of things out of Skinny Bugga and it's such a great yarn. In fact, my favorite pair of socks are made out of it. My Grandma loves fall colors, so I bought this yarn many months with her in mind. It cracks me up that she's wearing a color named after a type of ant.
I really like the way it turned out. The color variations look great in this pattern and it's not too lacy.
As for the rest of my knitting, my fourth sweater is languishing but I've picked up my Winnowing Shawl again and I'm making decent progress on the knitted on border. It will still take me a week or so to finish it at the rate I'm going. After that I may swatch for another sweater for a good change of pace.