Cast off: Flower Basket Shawl
I love the miracle of blocking. It’s like magic to me. If you can see in the pics, the unblocked, pre-soaked shawl was about 40″ across. A bath and a stretch and voila! 60 inches of good Flower Basket love, baby! (And really, a bath and a stretch does anyone good!)
A close up…
Of course, the colors in these pics are way off. Darn flash. In real life it’s a really warm cinnamon-y brown shot through with magenta and gold. The best shot of the colors is in the above pic of the hanks. *sigh* I really need to take more blog pictures in natural light.
I ADORED this pattern. This shawl is all for me, but I definitely think my mom might be getting one for Christmas. (I was going to do Ene’s Scarf from Scarf Style for her but…nahhhhh.) The repeat is simple and goes quickly, the result is stunning and looks complicated and the edging and binding off technique is so clever.
Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl from Fiber Trends
Yarn: Mountain Goat from Mountain Colors. 55% Mohair, 45% Wool. I used about 400 yards – less than 2 skeins.
Needles: US7 circular
Knitting Time: ~14 hours
1) I do NOT need to knit a shawl in a weekend.
2) Typing after 10 hours of straight knitting is not a good idea.
3) I wish I had some Addi Natura needles instead of my Clover Bamboo circulars. My yarn continuously snagged at the cable/needle joint. Grrrrr.
4) I need to control the desire to knit everything out of Mountain Goat.
5) I will not brag about being a quick purler ever again.
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