Sunday, 29 April 2012


January 2012
BEAUTIFUL yarn and BEAUTIFUL pattern. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Worked several rows of the middle section whilst in labour. Hard as nails, me. :)
Intended to be a nursing shawl, but I had to wait so long for the Lon-dubh colourway to be in stock that baby is now 2 months old! Ho-hum.
Things worth knowing:
  1. The chart for section 3 is divided into 3 parts, each on a separate page, which is a bit inconvenient, once you get a feel for what’s happening in this section you don’t need to refer to them very much;
  2. Pattern calls for provisional cast on, which took me ages to master. There’s a very helpful YouTube clip on that here;
  3. The yarn is carried down the side of the shawl in sections 1 and 3. There’s a full explanation of how to do it, but one or two ravelers have come up with alternative techniques which are worth a look;
  4. The yarn is also carried behind the buds in section 3 for up to 7 stitches. Not a problem, but you really need to make your floats nice and loose;
  5. It’s worth having a long hard look at the schematic before embarking on this project, as it’s really quite a small shawl;
  6. I had 10g of the pale blue and 26g of the dark blue leftover. Possibly enough for a baby hat?

    Pattern: Catkin by Carina Spencer 
    Yarn: Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4-ply
    Amount: 1 skein of each
    Colourway: Dreich / Lon-dubh
    Needle: 3.50mm
    Size: One size
    On raverly: here