I previously mentioned that I have two projects that are going to be taking up the bulk of my knitting time for this month and next. These need to be done in time for my lovely BFF Jessica’s wedding in early June. I’m making fairly decent progress, given that I just started both at the beginning of the month.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ve probably already guessed that this project is for Jessica. (I appreciate pink a lot more than I used to, but it’s still not really my jam.) The pattern is the crescent version of Ewyn; the yarn is Anzula Breeze in Hibiscus, doubled. I’m replacing all the nupps with silver-lined clear Miyuki seed beads. Between the beading and the 28-row edging repeats, this shawl requires a good amount of active attention, but I’m actually really enjoying it so far! This construction is new to me – you actually knit the edging first, and then pick up along the edge to knit the center section. Picture shows only about 2 1/2 repeats, though I’ve completed 10 so far.
The other shawl is Henslowe, using Anzula Milky Way in Lapis, and it’s for me. I know it doesn’t look like much right now, but that’s unblocked garter stitch for you. I haven’t done this particular construction since knitting my Tina Shawl 10 years ago. Different shape, but still: knit the center section and bind off, pick up stitches along the edges and knit the next section, then knit the edging on perpendicularly. It’s going much faster than Ewyn because Henslowe is 1) pretty mindless and 2) smaller (appropriate, given that I’m a good foot shorter than Jessica).
Most of my other projects are on hold for the time being. But at the rate I’m going with these two, I should be able to pick the other ones up again by the end of the month!