It is so impossible that an entire week has passed. Completely unbelievable. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on Tulip, they kept me smiling all week long!

Of course, I cast on for something else right away. Two things, actually, which is really rare for me. It’s been a busy week, but I’m almost done with the first sleeve for the Shawl-collared cardigan out of Jo Sharp Knit issue one.

I didn’t want another alpaca cardigan, so I’m knitting this up in a lovely merino–Zara from Filatura Di Crosa. I really like how the yarn is knitting up for me so far, though I should warn others: It grew a lot once it got wet. I had to go down a needle size to get gauge, so I’m knitting it up on US5s. I’m trying out the “start with a sleeve, end with a sleeve” strategy to keep myself from going too crazy at the end of this sweater. We’ll see how it goes!

I’m knitting two projects right now because there’s no way I can do the other one while toddler-wrangling or chatting with my knitting group ladies:

“A curved shawl with diamond edging” from Victorian Lace Today, in Lacey Lamb. In the color pictured in the book, even! I’ve only gotten a dozen rows done this week, sadly. The pattern is pretty easy, the yarn is like a day at the spa, and I LOVE ME my new lace Addis… but let’s face it. Lace with yarn that thin just isn’t as easy to manage as a good sturdy merino stockinette. Who knows how long it will take me to complete the shawl, but I’m not in a rush. The longer it takes, the longer I’ll be feeling that amazing LL running through my fingers!

(It just occurred to me, writing this post, that I got both yarns from Ellen. The yarn I buy from her always seems to get knit up quickly, and turn into my favorite things. I think that bodes well for these projects!)

12 thoughts on “Zoom!

  1. I love how your shawl is coming along! Makes me itchy to cast on my own. Having never done lace before, I’m not sure what’s amazing about lace Addis. Should I buy some for my lace project? Will they make the project more manageable?

  2. Zara is quite yummy, indeed. I had the same experience of it growing after washing. But I’ve had that happen with several yarns so I thought it was me, not the yarn. You’re off to a great start with the lace shawl. It’s going to be beautiful.

  3. Dang, girl, you got the best knits on the needles these days. How did I miss that Jo Sharp pattern??

  4. I cannot begin to tell you how much I need that shawl for me too… You have excellent taste in shawls! Tulip is beautiful too, your knitting is just gorgeous. x

  5. The Curved Shall is looking great. I can`t wait to see more of the yummy LL. The red and grey color combination is beautiful too. Ellen has such a good choice of yarns. My wishlist is growing every time I go to Purl Diva.

  6. That Jo Sharp cardigan is going to be so pretty! I love the red shawl too. You have great taste lady.

  7. I love that curved shawl pattern, can’t wait to see yours.

  8. Oh, that cardigan is a wonderul pattern. Good find! And that lace will look gorgeous. The yarn is so beautiful.

  9. I love your Tulip, and the Jo Sharp cardi is looking good. I have the yarn ready to knit that but I am not sure about my colour choice. Yours looks nice.

  10. Zara is one of my absolute favorite yarns. I hope you love the end product!

  11. I discovered Zara last year, and I love it. Thanks for the tip about it expanding when wet. My first project with it is a slip-stitch pattern in three colors. I wet blocked the swatch and had no problems, but that is probably because the slipped stitches give it body. I’m planning another project in Zara also (a Elsebeth Lavold sweater), and that has only one color. So I will swatch very carefully after reading your post. I think that yarn is the same color as the one you chose (dark gray). I’ll look forward to seeing your progress.

    That shawl pattern is lovely.

  12. I am in such awe with lace knitting and all the more with the lovely pattern you are working on. Your cardigan is a very wearable knit – I really like it!

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