Wow! Last week got away from me almost completely. I was a bad blogger. Even my knitting was neglected. I did not work on anything until Saturday, which is a long break for me.
Friday night I looked at my WIPs and tried to figure out which could not be salvaged at this point and which were ok waiting on the shelf. The fact of the matter is a lot of people are requesting knit projects. I feel like I’m turning into a freelance knitter (can that be a real career? hehe). My list is starting to get quite long.
The plan worked, kinda. I abandoned a few projects, like my Ellington socks (which will be redone at a later date), but ended up starting another. I got to the simple shawl in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, and I felt it call to me. It wanted to be knit, but not as a simple shawl. I’m not even entirely sure I would wear a shawl outside of the house (mostly about remembering to grab it rather than not wanting it as a fashion piece). Friday night and most of Saturday morning was spent looking for the perfect pattern for that yarn.
What is the perfect pattern for this yarn? Well, for me, it was obvious the second I spotted it. It is Dryad by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Jared Flood and his team from Brooklyn Tweed are hands down some of my favorite designers. Their designs are gorgeous. Last year, I did the Hemlock Ring Blanket, my first attempt at lace knitting, and loved the pattern, even if I was exhausted by the end of the project. I find I always get excited when the new lines are released. Have you seen the BT Men collection?
Anyway, so I spotted this pattern and knew it was the one, a love at first sight kind of thing. I have been loving cables so much lately. They are deceptively easy but look so complicated and intricate. This pattern, so far, is no difference.
The first glance at any knitting chart can be a little intimidating. The thing with any chart pattern, though, is to focus on one row/round at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself, and you will be awesome. Also, keep track of where you are with a row counter or some similar method. If you are unsure what is meant in the directions, Google it. You may find a video, which always helps me, or find instructions with wording that makes more sense to you.
Dryad is an extremely easy pattern to follow and is fun to work on. I am on my fourth repeat of the pattern, I think, which is about 1/4 of the way done. That’s what I get for choosing a scarf. I have a long road ahead of me and several other projects to finish along the way.
How was your weekend? What projects did you work on?
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My weekend was jam packed with family. But I did manage to cast off a simple bulky baby blanket for my “emergency” baby gift stash
Nice to find someone who is unafraid to abandon WIP. Love your blog!!
That pattern doesn’t look so easy to me. It is very pretty though. Enjoy and be sure to come back and show us the finished article?
That is a lovely pattern for a scarf! I want to cable so badly. This weekend I managed to throw myself into a panic thinking I lost one of my favorite rainbow harmony woods needles while traveling this weekend that almost made me rethink about traveling projects.
The pattern looks great, more complicated than you have suggested, but lovely and cosy.
The pattern looks awesome. My time was spent wrapping up Tour De Fleece and working on a few donation items. Those cables are just lovely, and I am glad you were able to weed through some of your WIP’s.
I absolutely adore BT’s Men’s collection. I showed my husband some of the sweater patterns and he actually said he would like to wear them. Was the lace pattern difficult to work with? I haven’t attempted a lace pattern yet but I have a gorgeous forest green wool/silk fingering weight that has been waiting for the perfect pattern.
It wasn’t hard, just time consuming. In the end, though, I was really comfortable with the lace basics.
Good, I will have to make sure to pick something I won’t need right away as I’m sure I will want breaks from it. I can’t wait to see your scarf when it is finished. Happy knitting!