Saturday I started a shawl.

I’m using hand spun singles, and Dorothea Fischer’s pattern.  Or rather, my version.  I don’t have the same colors she used, nor does my gauge fix exactly.  I have the same number of stitches per inch, but not the same number of rows.  And I’m using size 9 not 6 needles.  The yarn is not exactly what the pattern specifies. since I”m using 100% wool.

Shawl 02_04_09

Details! 🙂

The picture is as far as I’d knit Saturday evening.  The photo’s colors aren’t true.  The background is actually royal blue, not gray.  The orange is more orange than the photo’s red-orange, and the dark green is actually dark gray.

The colors are nontoxic food coloring, and it’s always interesting to me to see how they turn out.  Because the wool is light gray before dyeing, the colors are more heathers than true yellow or orange.  I have some more rows knitted, and plan to get an updated photo soon.

I’m relatively new to handspun yarn, and haven’t made a shawl before.  So far, I’m pleased with how lightweight the singles are. Much, much easier on my wrists and shoulders than knitting with machine worsted weight!

The Danish shawl pattern is in the Spring 2008 issue of Spin-Off Magazine. Click here to buy the now!
This morning, we had a lovely sunrise.

One of the perks of living in a flat rural area: I can see both sunrises and sunsets.  It’s so different than living in the mountains — or a city.  I love to see the trees and the sky.  Seeing the sky without having to look up is a blessing I’ve enjoyed ever since I lived in in an inner city, and learned how much I missed both the sky and trees.

As you can see, there’s plenty of sky and trees off my back deck:

sunrise_02_02_09

The link to Spin-Off Magazine i an affiliate link. However, Spin-Off Magazine did not provide me with the pattern or issue.

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