Monday, June 29, 2015

Pomegranate Shawl




Another shawl for the summer.  I actually finished the knitting over a week ago, but I was too lazy to post about it.

So here it is, Pomegranate.

It was the first time using Wollmeise yarn for me. It's 100% Merino Superwash, in color Kurbis, using needle #6.



Wow I loved using this yarn for shawl.  It stretched out effortlessly during blocking process into a lacy fabric. I didn't have to block it too aggressively, it just opened up beautifully with the loose gauge. The shawl turned out to be 70" wide x 12 1/2" tall. perfect.

Though the yarn may not be squishy as some other merino, but I like it. I'd definitely use it again for a shawl.  And the famously beautiful and saturated dye job of the yarn barely had any dye ran in the soaking process, I was impressed.





Friday, June 26, 2015

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Finally, some good news after a week of feeling so angry and upset at all that's happening around the country. Black people, in the year of 2015, are still being killed because of their skin color. A flag that symbolizes a history of hatred and slavery, in the year of 2015, is still being flown at a state capital.
But today, one step forward for this country:
US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

It really shouldn't be a radical idea in 2015, to ask everyone, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, to be all be treated equally, and able to have the same rights.





Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Just For the Heck of It

Sometimes, I do things because I simply couldn't help it, even knowing the result isn't going to excite me much.

Proof: this shawl.


I just let my curiosity took over.  In my head, I already knew it would not be nearly as lovely as the Linen shawl I did previously, even though it's the exact same pattern.  But I just had to do it to really see how the FO looks
I used thicker yarn, sports weight, Classic Elite Fresco, which is a wool/alpaca/angora blend, and larger size.

The linen version came out more than I'd hoped because Sparrow the yarn has very subtle pearly sheen, and with the natural color, it looked rather classy.
This one, on the other hand, fun, but kinda like a granny square (without the squares) afghan looking, but not exactly in the retro chic way.  Granny squares are cool, just not wearing it as a delicate shawl. In my opinion, it's not bad, but it's just kinda OK.

Nothing wrong with kinda OK at all, especially if it totally satisfied my curiosity, so I can now move on to next design.