Last weekend I did a little field trip with a couple of fellow knitting enthusiasts to check out two new shops in the southern metro (we live more north by northwest, so we don’t get that way very often).
The shops were both wonderful. We first stopped at Unwind in Burnsville. So cute, very well stocked and the owner (?) extremely welcoming and helpful.
Next up: The Twisted Loop, located in the Prior Lake Library. Again, the shop was beautiful, well stocked and the staff could not have been nicer.
We went to lunch at The Artisan Bistro because that is the place that everyone mentioned whenever we asked where we should eat. They were absolutely correct!! I had Mahi Mahi tacos and they were fabulous.
So, what did I buy. Not much and too much. I have been looking for yarn for a shawl called Strandwanderer for months. You need yarn dyed in sections with specific spacing. Friend Kim is my “yarn whisperer” so I texted her a picture and asked, “Will this work?”
The good news: yes. The bad news: Buy two.
The reason the yarn is so specific is the way the shawl is knit. When you knit with these hand dyed yarns, as the item gets wider (like a shawl) the pooling continually changes. With this pattern, you knit plain rows that do that, but you also knit sideways sections with a fixed number of sts. The sideway sections pool identically throughout the piece because the stitch count never varies.
What you should see are little repeating boxes in the sideway sections. I have the little repeating boxes. What I don’t have is a color that I like. The brown-pink combo just isn’t doing it for me! Oh well. I may continue my quest for the perfect yarn for this project.
PS to my Commenters: Wollmeise is the yarn used in the pattern itself, but it is not always easy to come by nor easy to judge the colors from a picture. I did try that route but thought I would be better off seeing the yarn in person. Maybe my mistake!!
PS to Kathy: according to the pattern I am about 22% done, not even close to being finished!! This project is a slog on size 2 needles, and all the sideways rows are much slower than normal rows. I don’t know when I will get this thing done. I may make it smaller and just use one skein.