I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.
A while ago, I mentioned that I was test knitting a beautiful pattern for a designer, and I've been anxiously waiting to be able to share it with you. Now I can!
Designed by Jean Chung, the Embrace Me shawl is a true delight to knit and wear. Test knitting this pattern enabled me to use my one skein of Shalimar's Breathless, and I will definitely knit with this yarn again. It's incredibly smooth, produces a drapey fabric (perfect for shawls), and a pleasure to hold on the needles. I've never knit with Shalimar before, and I bought this skein purely on a whim -- how great is that, right?
It was such an interesting experience to test knit this pattern as I wasn't provided with any advance photographs so I only discovered the various details and shaping as I knit along -- let me tell you, that was super fun!
Needing only 420 yards in fingering weight on US5 needles, this shawl makes a great quick knit. I'll definitely be knitting another Embrace Me shawl for holiday gifts. Yes,I've decided to keep this little beauty for me!
As for reading, I finished Ghost at the Table while at the beach and it's a great novel -- the characters were well-developed and the family drama was one that I'm sure many of us can relate to. I liked this author so much that I've borrowed her second novel, A Perfect Arrangement, from my local library and will start that tonight.
P.S. Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement to yesterday's post. I plan to call the LYS where I bought the yarn and hope they can send me the correct dye lot. I'll keep you posted.