Back in June, I impulsively bought yarn after seeing a photo on Instagram. I mean, heck, it might have happened more than once, but today is about just one of those purchases. This yarn was a special collaboration between Three Irish Girls yarn and Eat.Sleep.Knit in recognition of Pride month, all of which I loved. But it was also rainbow colors with PURPLE. Well. Take my money immediately, right? It took me a couple of months but I recently finished the Taina shawl I made with it, and it’s just as gorgeous knit up as it was in a skein.
The yarn was their Adorn Luxe base, which has 15% nylon, which means I *could* have made socks, but this yarn was way too pretty to go on my feet. It was heavenly to knit with, soft and supple, and it blocked into such a wonderful drape. Can’t wait to wear this little beauty!
The pattern was just my cup of tea too: simple but not completely mindless, forgiving of mistakes if you make a section too long or too short, and lots of squishy garter stitch. It’s a long, narrow shawl — more of a scarf, which is what I prefer. I wish I’d bought a sweater quantity, but alas, I just got the one skein. If you want your own purple Pride yarn, there is some DK still available…unless I snatch it up for a sweater, that is!
We survived another school year; I’m now the mom of a junior and an eighth-grader. After a celebratory lunch at Steak n Shake, where I successfully resisted the call of a milkshake, I managed to find some knitting time. I took a break from the mermaid blanket and picked up a WIP that had been neglected for six weeks. I’d done the easy part, the ribbing, but was waiting for the right time to start the more complicated pattern. Once I got going, I realized it wasn’t that complicated after all! It’s called the Kerr Diamond Cowl but I’ve done the stitch before as a Butterfly stitch. After the first time through the repeat, it’s been smooth sailing. It’s working up nicely and is a lovely way to show off the yarn. But no matter how hard I try to keep the yarn loose, it still puckers up, which is what I noticed the last few times I used the butterfly stitch. It’s just heavily textured, and I’m okay with that. Gives it more visual interest. The yarn is Show Me Yarn’s Cyclone in the All Dressed Up colorway, and it’s marvelous to knit with.
It was a nice knitting break, but now I feel I must return to the mermaid blanket.