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.

Frog Tree Brushed Suri Yarn

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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Wednesday Stash Flash!

I did something that I hadn’t done for a long time last Thursday; I went to a local yarn store!

I ended up at Ball & Skein in Brickerville, PA, which I have enjoyed going to before.  Above is what I got.

First, I got two balls for the Frog Tree Yarns suri fingering weight yarn.  I understand that the Frog Tree brand has been discontinued, but it has now been taken up under then mantle of Skacel.  Cool!

The other ball of yarn I got was a big ball of Noro Taiyo cotton blend sock yarn.  I sure know how to pick’em; Noro is going to be discontinuing the Taiyo yarn and replacing it more with their Silk Garden blend of sock yarn.

Now, as for the two blue skeins, I got won those in a giveaway.  They are both Cotton Supreme yarn by Universal Yarn, Inc, but one is Aran weight and the other is DK weight.  Both were donated by another local yarn store called Flying Fibers, and they are located in Landisville, PA.

So, those have been my luxury yarn acquisitions of recent, considering it’s been a long time since I’ve had any luxury yarn.  It feels good to be in possession of some again!