May 13, 2012
As a temporary return to the manic one-project knitting, I cast on Karina Westermann's new pattern Roskilde on Friday night, and finished the knitting this afternoon on the train. Since I didn't expect to bind off this weekend, I hadn't even taken any finishing tools with me on the weekend trip, so the first thing I did when I got home was submerge the shawl in some water and wool wash in the sink, then pin it into a shape, and only after I already had the blocking started did I weave in the ends. Sometimes it's just really satisfying to do something from start to finish very efficiently, but I surprised even myself by completing it so fast.
I've never knit her patterns before, but I will likely in the future. A very well written pattern and a joy to knit (and fast, too, apparently!). What particularly drew me to this shawl was the way the lace pattern turns from solid to more "lacy" towards the edge. I like the visual effect of the diminishing material. The size is also very customizable, but I did everything by the book. This pattern might also look interesting in a lace-weight yarn.
My yarn choice was, again Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, in the colorway WD Ruby Thursday. I have this color in both the standard and the We're Different variety, and since the latter skein had slightly more variegation, I thought it might look more interesting with this pattern. Basically, I needed a red shawl to go with my red shoes, and both this pattern and yarn happened at the right time.
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