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Smitten

So, summer is over. And so is my summer fling! Yes, I had what you might call a brief romance with a Merino-Silk blend. Oh, did I not mention that the fling was with a shawl? Silly me.

Let me break it down for you…..

It started one June weekend when I received the most delicious skein of yarn in the mail – the product of a Ravelry swap. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on it, it was something special. Of course, something so lovely deserved the perfect pattern to compliment its loveliness, and I had just the pattern in mind.

And so the story goes from simple skein….

To the beginning of something special….

To having the knitting completed, but still needing blocking….

To a leisurely bath in some Citrus Soak….

To being pinned out and blocked to its full potential….

To being the sweetest, most lovely shawl that I could ever hope to spend a summer knitting!!

The stats:

Pattern: Budding Apple by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Petal by Lisa Souza (50% silk, 50% wool), in the ‘Breath of Spring’ colorway

Needles: US4 & US5, 24″ circulars

Modifications: The pattern called for the last 10 stitches to be grafted; I just did left and right slanting decreases to the last 2 stitches, then bound off as normal. I love, love, love how this turned out – can ya tell?

Size: I made the medium-sized shawl. After blocking: 46″ across x 21″ down the center (pre-blocked size: 33″x16.5″)

But, let me just say, I’m not the only one that’s smitten around here. Boomie has a new best bud that he’s been taking everywhere with him lately. He’s a turtle that I’ve named Turtle (original, huh?).

Pretty much where ever Boomie is these days, chances are Turtle is with him.

Now I have two little fellows waiting for me when I get home!

woof

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