Process knitter is the term people use for someone like me, I guess: I love to knit, but sometimes the finished product is not the motivation. So, at any given time, I have 5, 10, or 20 projects on the needles, all in different stages of completion. Over the past few months I have not been very disciplined in completing projects that were not intended for special events or holidays, but I’ve been on a tear recently to make some projects that had reached the bind-off stage actually wearable. This past week has resulted in the blocking of four projects already, and there is a fifth underway.
Today I want to show you the project that made me fall in love with Freia Handpaints laceweight. Originally I saw the Dew Drops Shawl worked up in the lichen colorway at Looped DC. Sadly for me, Lichen was not available, so I chose South Beach instead.
I really love how this turned out. The yarn feels magnificent, stretchy and cozy all at once, but also substantial: I’m not worried about wearing this shawl out and about because I know it can stand up to the wear. It won’t have to be a special occasion item. There was so much stretch that I could have taken the top border beyond the edges of my blocking board if I’d had the space. As it is, the top edge is about 68″ across, and the point of the triangle is deep enough to cover my back, which will be fantastic for any trips to drafty or high-AC restaurants.
As I was knitting, my cat spent a lot of time with me. I would gaze into his eyes to reassure him of my love – because after 11 years, he’s still a little insecure at times – and I realized that this colorway mirrors his face. He has an orange-pink nose, blue-green eyes, and light- to medium-grey stripes. People often comment on his beautiful markings, but he hasn’t let it go to his head because he’s the sweetest cat ever.