A Raveller asked recently to buy some yarn from my stash, leftovers from my first jumper in fact, to help her finish a project. I was delighted – it fit the stashdown plan and I’d already made a jumper, hat and gloves from the yarn. The only problem was how to arrange payment for the yarn and postage to America. In the end she sent me two patterns (of my choice) as gifts on Ravelry. It was perfect – exchanging yarn I won’t use for patterns to knit the yarn I have!
One of the patterns is Grain of Salt, a triangular lace shawl that was love at first sight. The geometric lace called out to me and I cast it on as soon as I received the pattern. It’s not exactly straight forward knitting at first but I soon got to know the flow of the lace. The yarn is Lang merino lace which is made of 4 very loose plies and comes in 25g balls so it’s not particularly suited to lace shawls. Which is strange for a lace yarn! Apart from that(!) I quite like the natural grey blend and soft handle of the yarn. Since Stew has been knitting with beads I decided to hop on the bead-wagon too by adding beads to the border. I really enjoyed knitting this shawl and I love how it turned out.
I decided against an extra repeat of the lace section, despite having plenty of yarn, because I didn’t want a huge lace shawl. I’m very happy with that decision – the final post-blocking size is ideal for me. Sticking with the large size meant I had most of a ball of yarn left over. What better to do with that ball than another test knit for Yvonne of Dublin Dye Company. A wonderful pattern for lace fingerless mitts that I adore. Here’s the first one before I added the thumb. The photo doesn’t do justice to how pretty and fine and elegant these mitts are. These are going to Doogarry (twitter handle) to help her fund-raise for Autism Service Dogs.