Monday, June 13, 2011

Simple Things

As I mentioned several times, my friend’s sister was graduating and I decided to knit her something.  You can read about all that HERE.

For my friend, as a birthday gift, I knit her the Simple Things Shawlette.  The shawl is knit from Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in Neptune.  The yarn is self striping (a first for me) and very soft and pretty.  I needed a fingering weight yarn and preferred to use stash.  This worked out nicely.
My friend really loved it and was also very surprised (we don’t usually exchange gifts) to receive it.  The shawl is simple stockinette stitch with a garter eyelet edging, which creates a nice visual contrast in textures.  I wanted something quick and easy and this pattern fit that mold.
The colors blend well with a subtle change between each color.  The only time I had a problem with color was when I added the second skein.  The colors didn’t blend because it was an abrupt color change.  But because of placement, I don’t think it’s noticeable and I’m certainly not sharing where it is! 
Laura from The KnitGirllls had commented that when she used Mini Mochi for a pair of socks, she was getting fuzzy fiber rings around her yarn.  I didn’t have this trouble at all.  But my yarn did split and break apart of me several times (like there were weak points in the yarn when it was spun).  Luckily, I could always feel when it was happening so I would just tink back a few stitches and felt the yarn ends back together to keep working. 
I’d love to knit this in a subtle variegated or semi-solid yarn for myself.  I think I would make it just a little larger – the pattern is so simple, it allows for easy modification.

This FO is actually a little brighter than the pictures show but my photoshoot was in the evening with a slowly setting sun.  What can you do? 

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to not have to worry about striping! It's awesome and the colorway's so nice and bright and cheery.