Friday, March 7, 2014

A Special Skein

I have a whole pile of finished knits to show you, so whether I'm on top of things enough to write all my blog posts during the week or not, I will be sure to get an FO up on Friday for you! Extended winter has put a damper on my picture taking, so I make no promises about the photos being decent (as you shall see!).

Alexandrite Shawl

Pattern: Blackcurrant Shawl by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Alexandrite
Needles: US 10

I received this yarn as a gift from a knitting friend who went on a knitting retreat and came back with bags of yarn. I appreciated it more than I could express when she gave it to me, but now that I've knitted with it...nope, still no words. The yarn is fabulous. You just have to get some for yourself!

I knew I wanted a pattern that would show off the incredible color without hiding it, would use up every inch of yarn, and could be worn close to the skin so I could cuddle with it. Blackcurrant was a check, check, check. Guys, it took me only two days to knit this shawl! It was addicting, interesting, fun, and super simple! I ended with a teeny tiny bit of yarn left, perhaps enough to make a mini sock. Instead of stopping the garter edge as written, I just kept going until I had just enough yarn to bind off. I was worried that the huge garter border would distract from the fun stockinette wedges, but I think it's all nicely balanced. The shape is interesting, too. You can see a picture on the project page. John said, "Batman!" while it was blocking. :)

Do you have a special skein of sock yarn waiting for the perfect pattern? I recommend this one, but I know there are others. Have you found the perfect pattern for that special skein of sock yarn (or any weight)? Share! We all love a little pattern enabling. ;) And yarn enabling while we're at it! Tell us where we can find some special skeins!


  1. Beautiful! My favorite for showing off special yarn is Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, though I'm now tempted to try out Blackcurrant!

    1. Hitchhiker is a great choice! I have a Wingspan (I think they are similar patterns) someone made me with a neat skein.

  2. What a great shawl for all of those crazy-colored skeins I'm always attracted to!

    1. I know, right? Those skeins are always my favorite to buy and least favorite to knit, haha. Here's a solution!


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