Red Rock Island

Guess what?  I have a lovely new Rock Island Shawl to wear today!

I fell in love with this pattern the moment I set eyes on it.  I just HAD to knit one!  I swatched in a number if different yarns but nothing really seemed to strike my fancy.  That is, until I came across Kim Hartmann’s  BFL laceweight in the “Tip It Ewe Lush” colorway” (love her names!).  The deep, rich, merlot color with subtle variations was exactly what I was looking for.

The pattern also called for size 4mm needles but I tend to be a loose knitter and decided to go with 3.75mm needles instead and I am really happy with the results.

The new spring term on the HPKCHC started May 1st so I waited ever so patiently to cast on.   I like to sit down in the early mornings before the kids get up or in the evenings, after the kids are in bed, with a big cup of tea and work on my lace projects.  The last stitches were knit and grafted together yesterday morning and it was blocked out last evening.  I’m really glad that I had a large supply of pins on hand because those 71 lace edging repeats used up a lot of pins!  My fuzzy feline friend Bugsy helped out with the whole blocking process as well.  He likes to lay down right in the middle of the shawl to hold it is place and batts his paw at any pins that aren’t in exactly-the-right-spot. He’s a real stickler!   Unfortunately, he took off before I could snag a picture of him (he’s a bit camera shy).

Of all the pictures I took of the shawl, this last one is my favorite.  The color of the shawl is closely mirrored by the hint of rhubarb stalks in the back ground and you can also see the massive piece of driftwood we brought home last fall.

What could be better than lace and a garden!

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