It’s a good thing we’ve had some crazy random spring snow in these parts, because a few weeks ago I finished my Guernsey Wrap. I love this project…the making of it, the pattern, the yarn, the finished product…and I may have to wrap myself in it all summer long – even if I’m a hot sweaty mess. I especially enjoyed working with the Brooklyn Tweed yarn, which was a first for me, and I love how such an amazing pattern can emerge from simply switching between two simple stitches…knits and purls.
The Rock Island Shawl is off my needles, can you believe it!?! I received the supplies to do the blocking (thank you Joni), and hope to tackle that, snap some photos and wear it proudly this next week.
What a production!
And yet, once I got it sorted out it wasn’t to bad.
My Rock Island was like child birth…a 9 month production that at times was painful and tiring, but yielded something quite gorgeous that I am sure will bring me joy. And much like having children, I can imagine a day when the “pain” will recede from memory, and the idea of doing it all over again may sound like an appealing idea. Perhaps one day I will tackle the second colorway I ambitiously purchased when I first decided to tackle the project.
And…as my friend Katie said when learning of my Rock Island’s finished status…It is time to block it and rock it!
It was a hot mess getting to this point…not sure why I struggled so much at the start of the rock island chart – but somewhere along the way knitting rows 1-4 over and over and over again (thankful for the lifeline at the start of the section) – I saw the light, the pattern became clear and I figured it out.
I am beyond thrilled to be done with the chart and happily moving onto all the garter that comes next. I may just finish this project after all! The fact that I put a moratorium on starting anything new for myself is helping.
And here it is – my WIP rock island shawl with a finished rock island section!
It took a back seat while I finished the Alberta, but I am making progress on motif 6, a smocked tassel stitch.
In the meantime, I also cast on the rock island. Wow…I’m only a few repeats in on the edge with many, many, many more to go. I’m keeping the end picture in mind…I want to wear that gorgeous shawl and I will make it through all that lace!
I can’t avoid it any longer…the time for steeks is upon me. The Alberta Vest is off my needles, patiently waiting for me to take the next intimidating step. Before putting a pair of scissors to all my hard work, I figured it would be a good idea to give it a go on a test patch…enter bright scrap yarn, and the iPad with the See Eunny Knit steeking chronicles at the ready. I tired the crocheted steek, and it appears to be working. Do I dare to move onto the vest?! Oh the nerves…