On my needles now is a beautiful project I started last summer. It was interrupted by knitting a Weasley sweater for my son and a few other projects, but I'm back at work on this beautiful shawl. The Joker and the Thief, pattern by Melanie Berg, is a fun project to knit so far. I picked up the yarn as a souvenir from last summer's Florida vacation where I discovered an amazing yarn shop in Sarasota. (A Good Yarn! Check it out if you are visiting Sarasota. Super friendly staff and a great group of ladies knitting there!) There was a sample knit of this pattern and I fell in love with it. They didn't have the yarn in stock that the sample used, but it was July and really hot and humid so I decided to try a non-wool yarn instead with the hope of using the shawl in the less chilly months. Here is the Cobasi colors I picked out with some help from the yarn shop staff.
The orange-poppy color was picked out by one of the shop ladies as she thought it added a nice pop of color to the group. After I got home and started to learn the pattern, I realized I needed one more color to make the gradients of the pattern work so I added a lavender color to the mix.
This has been a fun project to knit. I've wanted to knit a striped pattern for a while and the sample in the shop convinced me that this was the pattern. The yarn is unlike my normal merino wool that I am used to using. The CoBaSi is a cotton/bamboo/silk blend. It is very lightweight and feels almost summery to me. It is a bit annoying to knit, as it splits often, but the final product looks nice.
I decided to name this project "Beach Umbrella Stripes" because its colors remind me of all the colorful beach umbrellas I saw on the Siesta Key Beaches. Of course it's winter at the moment and I took advantage of the snow outside to photograph my progress. At least the snow helps the colors show up true to life!
I hope to finish this project in time for spring in a few weeks! I'm not sure how this type of yarn will block, but however it turns out I think I'll love it!
I've neglected my little blog for a long time. Hopefully I will be able to find the time to get it back to where it started....as a knitting blog!