I’ve become a casting on fool. While at my Dad’s house, I cast on the LaLa Shawl by Laura Linneman (free pattern) with the yarn I had at hand which was a multicolor yarn by Paton's Lace. I wasn’t sure if I would like the color changes, but I turned out to really like the look of it and the yarn.
I’m still working on my Dummy Clap Shawl, I just keep knitting, and thinking it is not long enough, I am knitting it in a fingering weight and it is never ending. I’m trying to decide if I should just cast off and be done with it. *grin* Love the pattern, but it is a little to mindless, after a bit, if I had made it with worsted weight (I believe it calls for that) I would be done by now.
My Dad lives 4 hours away from me, so I had picked up a skein of Paton Lace from JoAnn’s, not being close to any real yarn stores, It is described by Paton's as a Soft lace weight with a beautiful halo. Beautiful range of gently shifting colors. The fiber content is 80% acrylic (I know, this made me nervous), 10% Wool, 10% Mohair. I must say I really like working with it, it feels nice, and does have a slight halo on it, Not too much. I don’t know how this will block up? Anyone tried it? But I’m enjoying knitting with it, and would recommend it so far.
In fact I bought more yarn to start the Citron Shawl pattern (free pattern) by Hillary Smith Callis, published in Knitty Winter 2009. I know many people have made this pattern and I love the look of it. It looks fast and easy. I’m going to use more of the Paton's Lace
In a green/dark purple/white color variation called Sachet. Well will see how it goes. I need something to keep me busy while visiting my Dad again as he has colon cancer and is having surgery. Need some knitting that doesn’t require much brain power.
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I’m also casting on a 3rd shawl made with Vickie Howell Caron Sheep(ish) 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool in the color Plum(ish), I haven’t decided what pattern to use on this yet I have 4 balls, which is about 640 yards.
The shawls I’m considering are the Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre (free pattern)
The Schieffelin Point Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn (free pattern)
The Crow Waltz Shawl by Juju Vail (free pattern)
Which now that I look at them all together are very similar, back to the Ravelry pattern search I want something simple but with a little more lace pattern. Any suggestions??