Taiyo Shawl: Blocking Time!

I have finished knitting my Taiyo Shawl, and now it’s blocking time!  Time to get out the mats, pins, and wool wash.  I’m anxious to see how this piece’s lace section open up.

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Taiyo yarn about 2/3 of the way through.  I should know better by now, but the Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn I bought along with it is the same weight, and worked well in completing the project.  It should feel nice and soft against my shoulders when I wear it.

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Strangely, knitting this shawl has inspired me to pick up another shawl that I had been working on, my Faroese Elpsa Katrina shawl.  I knit one skein’s worth of the project, and sort of put it down.  Other things and projects came up, I guess.

Still, that other skein of Einband that I had bought for the project was staring me in the face for almost a year now, until I picked up the shawl back up, started knitting, and ordered more of the yarn I needed.  I can keep working on this.

So, that’s where I am with my projects, namely shawl stuff.  If you want to see the updates on Ravelry, you can see them here for the Taiyo and here for the Elspa Katrina.

Has another project inspired you to work on another different one?

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Diving into Faroese Shawl Knitting

Yup, that’s the beginning of my Faroese shawl above!  It doesn’t look like much, but it will soon.

Here’s how I got to this point.

Remember that translation that I found at the library book sale of the Faroese shawl book?  Well, I tracked down an copy of the book that didn’t cost an exorbitant amount of money.  I went directly to that haven of knitting, Schoolhouse Press.  They had it there for a somewhat more reasonable price.  I had birthday day money.  I bought it.  I am now the proud owner of an updated translation and a copy of Bundanaurriklaedid.

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I looked through the book, FINALLY now knowing what all the patterns looked like now, along with their respective charts.  I was planning on doing the Elspa Katrina shawl already, so I had already bought some Lopi Einband for that purpose.

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Yay!  I was ready to go!  I started to cast on the shawl on November 10, 2015.  526 stitches.  Yeah.

This should be quite an adventure.  I’m not usually a shawl knitter, but I love ethnic patterns, especially Nordic ones.  This is right up my alley.

If you are interested in following this project on Ravelry, hop on over to the project page.