Friday, June 15, 2012

WIP: Ashton in Giverny

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Well, it's official: I have become a tiny-adorable-shawl knitting factory.  I've started another one.

The other night, I had cast on for Laminaria in pure silk laceweight, but realized about twelve rows in that I should have changed some k3togs into sssks, otherwise the pattern ends up asymmetrical.  Now, I love me some asymmetry, but I think it has to be a prominent design element in order to appear intentional.  And the thought of ripping out pure silk makes me want to cry a little inside.

Enter the Ashton Shawlette.  I saw this pattern on Ravelry a while back and liked it, and saw it again yesterday and suddenly had to have one.  It's a free pattern, and it takes one skein of Tosh Merino Light.  Jackpot!

I also noticed that while the designer has several extremely beautiful shawl patterns for sale, this adorable shawlette is free.  I'm not sure if this is intentional or not, but I think offering a free pattern is a great way to introduce people to your designs - that way, if they love the free pattern, they're more likely to pay for a pattern later.  Very smart!

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I have many a free agent skein of Tosh Merino Light in my stash, because I know that one skein makes a nice little shawlette and I can't resist the colors.  This one is called Water Lily, and I love it madly.  Pink and green, two of my favorite colors, brilliantly blended somehow into one cohesive colorway.

So I wound it up and started yesterday, and between a knitting/lunch date with a friend and my Issaquah knitting group tonight, I'm hoping to make some major headway today!

1 comment:

helloknitty.net said...

Pink and green is a highly underrated color combination!