Saturday, April 20, 2013

the calm after the storm

Some spring we're having here in Chicago. In the last three days we've seen torrential downpours, thunderstorms, flooding, hail, sleet, and a nice dusting of snow, not to mention a sinkhole that ate three cars. Our neighborhood was lucky enough to have dramatic street geysers, as sewer water surged upward in plumes from manhole covers. Of course, Mother Nature's wrath is nothing compared to the madness and tragedy in Boston this past week.
Today the sun is out, and there are a few signs of spring in the garden (thank goodness).
My second Wandering the Moor shawl finally received a good blocking.
pattern: Wandering the Moor, by Celeste Glassel
yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, verdigris, 2.85 skeins
needles: Clover US 7 bamboo circs (4.5 mm)
size: large
The yarn is wonderful, and I love the pattern, but the combination of the two is not my favorite. The yarn has a dry hand, feels very natural, has a nice mixture of rustic and elegant, and the color is simply gorgeous. That said, it feels a little limp knit at this gauge. It may be better suited for sweaters. I also made the large size this time, which was a mistake. Wearing shawlettes as jaunty little scarves is right up my alley; large shawls are sort of lost on me in terms of my wardrobe, even though I love knitting them. So, overall a project that was fun to knit, but not great to wear.
 I love this photo of Moxie. Doesn't she look feisty? Also, you can see my new antique trestle table in the background. It could use a good refinishing!


Tracy Altieri said...

We awoke to a dusting of snow this morning - it seems as though spring will never come!

I love your shawl - even if it didn't come out as you had hoped.

Happy that spring is showing some signs in you neck of the woods.

Chris said...

We had 6" of snow Thursday afternoon and evening.... Glad the weather has settled down there and that you have signs of spring. Hopefully we'll have spring... Someday.

Hilary said...

Feisty indeed! The photo of Moxie made me crack up. I SO miss having a kitty around the house!

The shawl is really gorgeous, even if not what you expected...I hope it works its way into your wardrobe somehow.

Lifesastitch said...

Beautiful. Although I have way too much yarn in my stash I still want to ry Silky Wool.

Hawthorn said...

Spring is definitely trying her best to start here, despite some pretty foul weather recently. I love the colouring of your shawl and know what you mean about shawls and scarflettes.