It has taken me 5 attempts to cast on 297 stitches so far. Every time I count them I get a different total and it is driving me to distraction. Has anyone out there in Giny's Yarn Along got any hints or tips on how to do this painlessly? I am trying to cast on my first shawl, ostensibly to extend my lace knitting skills but also of course to justify this beautiful yarn which I spun from 100g of hand dyed, slinky, silk/yak blend. The fibre was an impulse buy from a lovely chap on Ravelry called Longdrawjames who was undertaking such a massive destash that I felt it would have been positively churlish not to have helped him out a bit. He, in turn, had bought the fibre from Mandacrafts who had actually dyed it – it is the Estuary colour way.
|Lighting not really doing justice to the colours here, the yarn is deep blue and green, lusterous and shot with dark gold.|
The pattern is called Damask and is written by Kitman Figueroa, I downloaded it from Ravelry having been sucked into the world of shawl envy as a result of browsing on the forums and seeing all the beautiful things people were wrapping round themselves. It has been designed with Malabrigo Sock Yarn in mind so I have cast on the medium size and will be interested to see what difference the finer gauge of my yarn makes to the final size of the shawl – assuming I get that far because if the casting on process is anything to go by it is going to be a long haul to a medium shawl!
Reading this week is A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott. This is a light and very readable novel which I am trying not to get too sucked into as I have not yet mastered the art of reading and knitting at the same time (unlike my incredibly talented mother!)