Saturday, July 18, 2015

Kaihola Shawl --New Start


I have some yarn in my stash that is luscious and yummy from my Washington DC trip and my visit to Looped Yarnworks. I held it like a treasure for a while and found the shawl I wanted to use this for on Ravelry. It is a free pattern named Kaihola by Heidi Alander



Last night late, I actually started ----and this morning I frogged it out because I was learning a new stitch that is in this pattern and with the help of You Tube I restarted and properly stitched it right.


Made a world of difference to have the set up rows right. 
I learned the KYOK.

The pattern also calls for Knit, Purl, Yarn over, KYOK, and KFb


I am using # 9 needles Addi Lace my tension is usually tight.
This is working perfectly!

You cast on 8 stitches. Then the first set up row will result in 11 stitches.


Then you start on the stockinette part with lace edge for the top down and this is actually the start of the body of the shawl. 

My goal for this pattern was to try to learn to read charts instead of written instructions. 
I've shyed away from that but with this pattern when I get to the the 4 charts that are pretty short, I think it will be a good pattern to practice with. 


The beautiful colorway and yarn was pricey, much-so, but a splurge so I want to make sure I get every stitch right!
I think I have enough yardage as I have 2 skeins of it; however, I've thought about increasing the body part (this is an option) to make a larger one and then knitting the wide lace section in another colorway that blends well. 

Brand is Anzula
luxury fibers
hand dyed yarn
Cricket

DK weight and 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon

colorway is Seabreeze.

The label states you can machine wash cold, gentle cycle (I would hand wash all my knits). and lay flat to dry. 

you can find more information if you like this at 
www.anzula.com

I'm really enjoying this morning early as I woke at 7am and started in on this for a couple of hours before chores today.

If you knit, do you prefer charts or written instructions?

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Saturday. It's so nice to get a day off!!!


Abbie has a talent of stacking pillows and pulling blankets to her choosing. I think she is ready for a good morning nap after her usual morning treat.  I just shampooed her and put a coconut rinse on her. Her hair is SO thick! I blow dry her after ward but she wanted to dry the rest by itself and it's got to be brushed. 
She is a serious pillow-stacker. 

Till later,

Jennifer


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