On the knitting front, I have been knitting! I've been working on the Estonian Garden wrap and making good progress. The pattern calls for 41 repeats of the Little Flowers chart; I have 15 completed. This section really is the perfect tv knitting. There's just enough pattern to keep it interesting, and it's an easily remembered stitch pattern. The back side is purl, which makes it completely mindless. The yarn (Knit Picks Gloss lace weight) is scrumptious and feels so nice to work with. All in all, this time around, it's working up just right!
You may remember that a few weeks ago, I started the Gail/aka Nightsongs shawl (Ravelry link). Well, I frogged it. It just wasn't going to be big enough with the amount of yarn I had available. Yesterday was a slow day at work, and I got off early enough to stop by the yarn shop on my way home. I came home with this...
It's HandMaiden Yarn's Sea Silk in the peridot colourway; peridot just happens to be the birthstone for the month of August, and that just happens to be my birth month... meant to be? If you've never seen this yarn, it's truly lovely. It has a beautiful sheen to it, seeing that it's 70% silk (and 30% seacell).
The colour in the picture is pretty close to the actual colour, but still doesn't do it justice. I bought one skein and had a second put aside for me, to be picked up in a couple of weeks. I've done a bit of swatching for the Gail shawl and I've decided to go down a bit in the needle size; the pattern calls for this yarn on a 4.5 mm needle but I found that a bit too loose for my liking, so I've gone down to 4.0 mm and am liking it much more.
Knowing me, I'll probably start this shawl later today... or when I'm done here.
The Aeolian shawl, #2, is still being worked on, but with so much hockey happening this past week, I haven't worked on it much. I picked it up again yesterday and did a few rows. It will be very pretty when it's finished. I anticipate that I'll get quite a bit done on it this weekend. It's a long weekend here in Canada (Monday is Victoria Day.. a statutory holiday), but John will be working. He had yesterday off and will be working with his boss, who's in from Edmonton, on Monday, which gives me the day to myself. Care to guess what I'll be doing???