And no, I’m not talking about the Ginger Rogers/Fred Asgtaire song and dance from The Gay Divorcee. I’ve decided to try knitting continental. It’s a bit awkward, but I can see how it might be a faster way of knitting once you get the hang of it.
I did finally find some yarn for my shawl.
It is a beautiful hand dyed Peruvian yarn that I picked up from Yarn and Stitches yesterday at lunch. It is Araucania Huasco Extra fine Merino Wool yarn.
Today, I had the day off as I had other plans that fell though, so I ended up spending the day like this:
A LOTR and knitting marathon. A perfect way to spend a Friday. That is the beginning of my “swatch”. I can hear you all now: “Um…that is a bit round for a swatch.” Yes, it is. It is my test shawl so that I can see how my pattern works in the round. A pattern that works flat and in a square or rectangle, may not work in the round. This pattern is going to be entered into the State Fair, so I want to make sure that the pattern itself is a good one before I go to the trouble and expense of getting the specially dyed yarn that I would like for the final product. Therefore, this is my test knit. I really hope it turns out well so that I can wear this one as well as submit the final knit to the Fair. I have realized with this knit that I placed things a little early in the pattern, but with the denseness, it may work out for the best. Fingers crossed, yeah?