Pattern: Milkweed shawl by Laura Chau
Yarn: Socks that rock mediumweight in 24 karat
Needles: US 4
Notes: A bit early for this color perhaps, but come September I will be ready! I had absolutely no problems with this pattern – there may have been some small errors (now corrected) in the written directions, but the charts were perfect. I did get a wee bit tired of knitting – I long for something with purl rows now! I always enjoy it when a pattern has everything written out, rather than making you guess, and this patttern answered all my questions.
The yarn… well, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped. It was kind of stiff, and had that superwash squeak that I enjoy so little. It really needed blocking, because it was pretty stiff off the needles. It did soften up ok, and I absolutely love the color! I did a russian bind off on the last row, and all that K2tog killed my hands – I’m not sure it would usually, but this yarn was just so unforgiving for some reason! I am very glad that the lovely color will not be hidden in my shoes, and I’m plotting more sock yarn as shawls and scarves.