Today's FO is the Juneberry Shawl. I bought the yarn + Pattern at Fibre Space over the Christmas Holidays and cast on the project on January 2nd.
I don't even know where to begin talking about this pattern. It is perfect, and was totally lovely to knit. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The Charts for this pattern are just gorgeous to look at, and while it's complicated enough to be stimulating, I had no problem watching TV while knitting this, and even took it to work/class to work on the last bit of chart D.
I also really enjoying working the knit-on-edging. It's a simple enough technique and yet I'm always a little surprised that it works out when I'm finished. I saw a lot of finished projects on Ravelry that claimed to do this pattern with only 3 skeins of Shelter, but I finished the 3rd skien at the halfway point of the edging. Thank goodness I was paranoid enough to buy 4 skeins!
I choose to knit this with the suggest yarn, Brooklyn-tweed Shelter, and I do not regret that decision at all. I think it's pretty much the perfect match for the pattern.
I love the rustic feel of the wool, and the design really pops out. The cables are neatly defined and the YO's are crisp. However, I should warn you, if you are considering this yarn and are in any way sensitive to wool, I wouldn't recommend it. It's not exactly itchy, but it's not soft either. It's not going to be something you want to snuggle up to your face even if you aren't wool-sensitive, and if you actively search for "really soft" yarn, this just isn't it.
Another thing to consider is the large amount of vegetable matter in the yarn. The yarn itself is clean and smells great, but I did find myself picking a decent amount of straw/grass out of it as I knit it up. I didn't find it to be that big a deal, and it certainly wont stop me from knitting with this yarn again in the future, but it's something that might bother other people.
All in all, I am very pleased.
Pattern : Juneberry Triangle
Yarn : Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (3 1/2)
Color: Barn Owl
Needles : US7
CO : 2JAN13
BO : 24FEB13
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