Follow Your Arrow 2

Once again this year I got sucked into the Follow Your Arrow KAL by Ysolda Teague. It was fun last year, even though I ended up giving the shawl to my mother. This time I went in with a strategy (knit the least lace), but of course it didn’t really work with the pattern. In the end I had to go with my gut, and that included ripping out clue 2B and knitting 2A instead when I realised I really liked it with clue 3A.

arrow2Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino Sock in Black Cherry

In the end I knit AAAAB. Before I saw the final clue I thought I might continue through with the A’s, but I really didn’t like the A border. i was going to run out of yarn for the last clue, so I used a second skein. But I decided I didn’t want that much Merino Sock left over, so I used a skein of Swing Sock from a different dye lot. The feel of the two yarns is the same, and the colour difference isn’t terrible. The rest of the skein might be a pair of socks for my daughter, she’s been asking for some!

I’m a sheep

I give in and follow the crowd so easily! I’m joining in for the Follow your Arrow 2 MKAL. I just need to pick a yarn. I’ve narrowed it down to Icicle or Black Cherry.

arrowYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Icicle, Merino Sock in Black Cherry

I really enjoyed being part of the MKAL last year, but once I was done I gave away the shawl to my mother… I don’t actually wear a lot of lace. After I reviewed everyone’s finished arrows, I realised I liked the one with the least lace most. So this year my strategy is knit the clue with the least lace. My first problem is that neither of the first two clues has lace. I need another criteria I think! Any suggestions?

Follow Your Arrow

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I was deterimined to finish my ‘Follow Your Arrow‘ shawl before casting on a new project.  Mainly because this shawl isn’t really me, and I don’t think I’d ever finish it if I put it down.  It’s beatiful, but I’m not a fussy lace sort of person.  I knit this more for the fun of joining in with all the other knitters following their arrows. And it never hurts to have a few samples around in my own hand dye.

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The yarn, which was Dublin Dye Merino Lace in the colour Troublemaker, tends to look purple in some light, and blacker with flashes of pink in others.  This photo gives you an idea of how the light plays on it, and the hint of pink showing through in places. I really love this yarn, but then anything with merino and silk will win me over no questions asked.

The pattern was definitely interesting.  I didn’t choose any of the unusual shape elements of this pattern, and ended up with a fairly traditional lace shawl in the end.  part of me regrets not choosing option A from the first clue, but I’m still happy with how it turned out.  I followed clues BABBA, but if I were to do it again, I think I’d do AABAA. Who knows, I’ve got quite a bit of yarn left (I only used 40g in the end) so I can still do something else with the remaining yarn!

Three down (Follow Your Arrow)

P1000157Two to go. I haven’t decided which clue from week 4 I’m going to do on the Follow Your Arrow mystery knit along. When I saw the pattern I was tempted by the second one, but looking at the spoilers (why no, I am not the surprise sort, why do you ask?) and I’m liking the first better. I waited a few days to decide on clue 3, it might be the same this time.  But I’m happy that I’m keeping up, even with a slight quilt obsession in the making, and the spindle still talking to my from the bookshelf.

I haven’t tried the spinning yet, because until I try it, I can continue to believe that I’m naturally very good at it.

Peer Pressure

I was happily knitting away on my shawl, making good progress, when peer pressure got to me. Everyone seemed to be doing Follow Your Arrow. And I peeked at the first clue. And, well…

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I cast on. I didn’t have enough 4 ply in my own stash, so I raided the Dublin Dye shop and turned up a skein of Merino Silk in Troublemaker that was a bit too purple. Or at least that’s my excuse for picking this skein!  The yarn is my favourite fibre combination for laceweight, so I’m enjoying the knitting.

To counteract the lace here and in Portico, I’ve started working on Autumn Whispers again.  Three active WIPs is enough for the moment, so although I want to cast on Carol Feller’s first Irish Yarn Club project, I think it’s going to have to wait.

Also, my poor camera is in the shop, refusing to focus. I’m stuck with the camera phone until further notice.