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.
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.
Now that we're well into January, I'm sitting down to write and glance back at the last year. I'm not much of a resolution-maker (not fundamentally opposed, just not for me), but I do find it's healthiest for my heart and mind to reflect and then continue on into the next year. Like every single year, there are good, hard, and in-between snippets and seasons.
I did it. I hopped aboard the sourdough train. I've made exactly one loaf of sourdough in my life, once last year, just a few months before we moved across the country from Texas to Indiana. I've long been interested in fermented foods, and tried my hand at a few, namely, kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut. And sourdough has been one on the want to try again list. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?