I anticipated our trip to Maine for months, specifically, since January. And in the last several weeks, I got into a flurry of planning what projects I wanted to finish in order to bring them and wear them on vacation, knowing the weather would likely be in the 50's and 60's. This was one such project. I thought cotton/wool blend and petite size would make it the perfect travel shawl—and small enough to stuff in a bag if I needed to. And so I knit on it like crazy, ultimately making it a bit larger to make better use of the yarn, and then I finished it and blocked it in time to take with me on our travels.
One night in Bar Harbor, after dinner, Nicholas took a few photos of me wearing it, down by the water. So here it is, worn in the way I envisioned it, which quite frankly, made me pleased as punch.
For even more details, you can see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Cestari Ash Lawn collection (75% cotton, 25% wool) in the color, spinach
Needles: US size 5. I sized down from the pattern recommendations for needles, as is my usual for my loose tension.
Specifics/modifications: I increased the size by casting on an extra three repeats (CO 132) to make better use of the yarn yardage I had, and also to make it a bit more versatile/wearable.
I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors. My favorites are your typical "home bakes," nothing couture. Cakes, cookies, brownies, etc., are all my go-to baked goods to make in my own kitchen.
Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts.