You guys all know about The Traveling Ewe, right? An amazing fiber-tourism company run by the equally-amazing JJ Foster? Go on, hop over to her site. I’ll be here when you get back.
Back? Great! So, The Traveling Ewe. I’ve been on a few of her trips, and let me tell you, they are THE BEST. Imagine, getting driven in a luxury coach to yarn shop after yarn shop. Not having to worry about food. Staying in a hotel. Surrounding yourself with other yarn-enthusiastic folks. You need to do this.
At any rate, I went on the Sheepish in Seattle 2: the Sheepquel trip a few weeks ago, and was asked to design the project that folks could work on during the trip, a shawl I named Emerald City, which is one of Seattle’s nicknames.
I designed Emerald City with two different options – the Green one has more stockinette, and the Grey one is mostly lacy. It’s super easy to make bigger, or to use skinnier yarn, and thorough instructions to do just that are provided in the pattern.
This shawl is seriously fun to knit, as evidenced by the fact that I just made myself another one. It was designed so folks could work on it as they rode on a bus, and put down and pick up when stopping at amazing yarn shops, so it was made for real, true life-knitting.
I don’t know if you know this, but, for the most part, (and this doesn’t include my sock-knitting forays), I don’t generally actually wear the things I design, because I need them for samples to use for Trunk Shows, or to loan my dyer friends when they have shows. As designing is my job, the things I produce are the products that I use to sell my wares. Which means I don’t generally get as many new shawls and cowls and hats as it might seem. Sure, I do all of that knitting, but wearing them? I try not to. Which makes this shawl I just finished even MORE special – it’s all mine, to wear as I want. The green and grey versions in the amazingly fabulous Knitted Wit Victory Aran (sheep-to-skein US yarn; non-superwash; soft yet rustic; blocks like woah) are for Trunk Shows and display.
So, after finishing the Emerald City‘s for the pattern, I decided to stash-dive and make one for me. I found two skeins of gorgeous Plucky Knitter Primo Aran, and casted on. What a fast knit an aran weight shawl is, ya’ll! Even using two skeins, and making it markedly larger didn’t take that long. And, this pattern is a very enjoyable knit, perfect for picking up and putting down as many times as life forces you to.
OK. Enough of my babbling. Head over to Ravelry and snag this pattern. Wind up some yarn, cast on, and enjoy the ride!