I was annoyed earlier because I thought I don't have any suitable yarn for KAL in Friend's of Ilu group in Ravelry. I wanted to do knit my fair-isle project with neutral main colour and I don't have any Handu yarn in brown, black, gray or white. I had to take two strong colours and I wasn't sure if I would like the result.
I bought Knitscene Fall issue and right away I had to start knitting Live Oak Shawlette. I don't think it will be the last project from the magazine. Because I was in such a hurry to start knitting I had to use yarn from my stash and finally I dared to use one the precious skeins of Handu Talvispesiaali I have managed to buy.
I love the colour combination! It’s in reality silvery black and gray with some glitz. I just couldn't capture it properly to the pictures.
Pattern: Live Oak Shawlette, Knitsce Fall 2011 (rav it)
Yarn: Handu Talvispesiaali, 99 grams
Needles: 4.0 mm
The shawlette is 134 cm x 52 cm so I am happy that I made the extra repeat of the lace pattern. I ended up using 99 grams of the yarn and I was afraid till the end that I would run out of it. Luckily I still have 2 grams left of it and that is less than 6 meters.
I think it's beautiful combination and I knitted it only in 3 days! :)
I made some modifications to the pattern but I don't anymore remember them all. I ended up making size between 42”-46” when my bust size is actually more like 47”. Sleeves are 3/4 lenght, I knitted them in round and lace pattern is made longer.
The yarn is really mint green even some of the pictures claims it to be turquoise. My shawl is light as a feather and it weights only 65 grams. Still it's quite large 72 cm x 170 cm even I held the yarn double while knitting. I added some beads to the pattern and I think they look rather nice! :)
It has been sunny and warm summer but sadly it seems to be over soon. It feels freezing outside and suddenly I realized that I haven't updated anything to here. My dear blog has been sadly neglected for a long time even I have had new knits that have been ready some time!
In the spring I got a chance to be one of the test knitters for Ilona (Ilun handu duunaa) and her beautiful traditional sock design. She even send me the yarns!
These socks are beautiful and I really love the bird pattern but sadly my calfs are too wide to fit in them properly. Sigh...I have to give them to someone. I hope I can find someone who appreciates them as much as I do! :)