I started something new, something small to knit in the car, because we always travel a lot around Christmas (both our parents live in another part of the Netherlands, luckily quite close to each other). It’s Citron from Knitty, with a yarn that has been far too long in my stash: Malabrigo lace in Quarzo (lavender-purple). I am so glad I started this, it is such a nice knit. I have never knitted a shawl in a circular shape, so I had great fun with the beginning of the shawl. You have to knit a small strip, and then pick up stitches from two sides of that strip.
The shawl goes really quickly, I am already at the fourth repeat now, and the shawl has five plus a ruffle. Those last two repeats will go slowly, I now have 348 stitches on my needles, but it doesn’t bother me because I know I am already halfway there.
This shawlette is a great hit on Ravelry, and I can see why. It is easy, but very beautiful in an understated way. And it is lovely to knit. It reminds me a bit of Trinket from Kim Hargreaves, I am thinking about knitting that one too, in the brown Malabrigo I also have in my stash. The original is knitted in Rowan Kidsilk, but why not knit from stash for a change.
The Malabrigo is also helping in making this such a fun knit. It is very soft and smooth in your hands. It is a semisolid, which gives really beautiful but subtle colour changes. It is not too thin, so it is easy to knit. I had originally bought it to knit a Clapotis, but I don’t really care for that design anymore.
Knitting a shawl in this shape is so much more fun than knitting a rectangular shawl. I am really looking forward to knitting more shawls like this.
I bought the digital version of Ysolda Teague’s Whimsical Little Knits 2, and I would love to knit Damson from it. It is knitted in Malabrigo sock in Eggplant, and I would very much like to knit it in the exact same colour, such a beautiful dark colour. Perfect for me. I have seen it somewhere in a shop, but they don’t have it in stock at the moment. I am probably not the only one wanting this colour!
Ysolda’s booklet is very very lovely. Full of luxurious little accessories. They are girly, flattering, but there is also a bit of humour in some designs. A very interesting designer, I am looking forward to starting my first Ysolda. I am already thinking about what yarns to use. She is a Scottish designer but uses a lot of american yarns, which are for me a bit expensive to buy because of the shipping costs. But I like thinking about subs, and because so many people on Ravelry have already knitted this patterns, I can see what yarns they have chosen and how it turned out.