Well, a skein of the pink yarn came home with me. I wanted to make the shawl they had on display out of it. It's called the Sweet November Shawl, by Caryl Pierre.
The yarn I'm using is Tanis Fiber Arts. It is 75% merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% silk. Yummy.
If you are on Ravelry, here are some photos of the finished shawl and a link to the pattern. I'm planning to put the fringe on mine. I think it's cute with the fringe on.
The pattern is a free one on Ravelry. I think you have to be a Ravelry member (membership is free, if you aren't familiar with it) to access the pattern.
I hope to have this finished in a couple of weeks. It works up fast. This is how I'm avoiding tracing Hazel's Summer Garden Block #2. LOL.
This summer, when I was in New Hampshire and visited the yarn shop, I picked up some crochet hooks so my mom could teach me to crochet. They had these beautiful wooden crochet hooks that I liked a lot. Then, I learned the same company makes knitting needles. I have always liked my bamboo knitting needles. I like the "tooth" they have to them. They hold my stitches on the needle well. Anyway, when I was at the yarn shop in New Hampshire, they showed me these knitting needles by the same company, with interchangable wires on the circular needles. I wanted them. BAD. They were having a big sale on that Saturday, the day Sweet Pea and I were to drive home. My plan was to stop there on our way out of town and get some. I got there at 10:30 am (they opened at 9:00). All the needles were sold! But when I went to Stitches Midwest this summer, I did get some. This is the first project I'm trying them on. So far, I am loving them. They are smoother than bamboo needles. In addition, where the wire joins to the needle is so much smoother than my bamboo needles, the yarn slides so easily over it. I am really enjoying that. I'm really happy I invested in these. Now, when I travel to my Mom's house, I can take all my needles with me in one small case. I won't be stuck buying new needles when I get the itch to knit down in Florida! Yay! You can even slide your project down onto the wires and remove the needles if you need them for another project (there are extra wires, and in many different lengths). The wires have caps to keep the yarn from coming off. The wires are actually pretty soft, too, so they don't kink on me too much. Very happy with them so far.
The needles are called Dreamz, by Knitter's Pride.
I got this set. I guess they are called Symfonie.
So far, I'm really liking them. And I feel spoiled using them. I'll keep you posted as I use them more!
Until next time,