I somehow imagined that on the first day of fall it would be cool enough for me to immerse myself once again in knitting with heavy wool and resume my stranded knitting—specifically, Sirdal’s second sleeve. But my summer knits were far from done, and aside from one wonderful fall-like week in September, the temperatures have been so warm that I was glad that I still had lightweight projects to work on.
And, in fact, Rhinebeck came and went this year without a Rhinebeck sweater. The forecast was for rain, and I wore a light jacket that would repel any raindrops. It did not rain.
But this week promises to cool down (and be rain-free!) and I can resurrect Sirdal and the other projects abandoned last June. In the mean time I’ve converted two WIPs to FOs. Fiori di Sole is finished:
Here are some details of the motifs:
I’m not a gifted crocheter, and the edging pushed the limits of my ability (and vocabulary).
The pattern is by Rosemary Hill (Romi), and it was a pleasure to work with. The charts are error-free, and the instructions are clear. I also loved the Exquisite merino-silk yarn, available from Fiddlesticks Yarn. I have enough left for a small scarf, and I will take advantage of that once I’m done browsing the shawlettes on Ravelry. Now that it is stash yarn, I won’t feel so guilty about knitting with it.
Shawl #2, Wing of the Moth, is off the needles and ready for blocking, and modeling shots will be forthcoming.
And I’ve already planned ahead for next summer. I have some true laceweight in my stash (Baruffa cashwool will probably be my yarn of choice for a shawl from Victorian Lace Today). But the silk content of Fiddlestick’s Exquisite yarn really captured my heart because it makes the shawl glow. One Rhinebeck purchase was this hand-dyed, all-silk cobweb yarn from Long Ridge Farm: