Hi Lynn – possibly! The rest of the pattern is plain garter stitch, which made it a good candidate for such colourful yarn. I admit that the border does get lost a bit, maybe that’s what’s killing my knit mojo.
There is a Pinterest board that I follow called ‘Yarn‘ by user Viola Bow that showcases yarn from around the internet, with a great focus on indie dyers and Etsy shops, as well as larger companies. If you’re always looking for fresh yarn options I highly recommend. Through her, I discovered See Jayne Knit, and immediately fell in love.
Shown are 2 very similar colour ways; ‘Tut Tut, Looks Like Rain‘ and ‘Sand and Sea Glass‘. I bought sock and lace weight (perhaps another featherweight cardigan?) and I loved them even more in person. I especially love that she ties a little stitch marker to each skein – so cute!
What’s the best pattern to showcase such gorgeous, variegated yarn? After angsting over my decision on Ravelry I settled on the gorgeous Henslowe by Beth Kling (of whom I’m a huge fan; I’ve also made Jackson Square, and I’ve got my eye on Loie). I’ve made Henslowes twice before, and gave both away as gifts, I figured it was time for my own.
In other words, I am no Henslowe rookie. I cast on, aimed for 64 yarn overs (thanks to the generous 500 yards in her sock yarn skeins) and cast on. This thing flew off the needles in no time. Helped in no small way by how gorgeous and addictive the yarn was.
But then comes the bind off. I’ve done this before, I know what’s coming. I know that Henslowe is so beautiful that it’s all worth it in the end… but somehow that never helps.
I feel like this took me an hour. And after a Lord of the Rings marathon? It looked like this:
I mean, is there any progress at all there? Can you tell? Spot the difference? I feel like I’ve entered a knitting time warp. I shall persevere though, because it’s working out to be one cool, wet summer and I really want this shawl!
What about you ? What patterns never seem to end but are totally worth it? What do you do to make knitting go faster? A stiff drink seems counter productive, and you can’t run on a treadmill and knit (I’ve tried, I put my yarn cake in the drink holder, huge mistake). Ideas?
I did a modified Age of Brass and Steam that was more blanket-sized than anything else, AND it was in Knit Picks’ Comfy Sport with a picot bindoff because it looks sooo nice but made my bindoff take several days instead of one hour: https://visionaryskycraft.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/eating-that-time/
Love how nice it looked, but those eyelets + the picot bindoff turned me off to shawls for a very long time. I FEEL YOUR PAIN.
Hey! I’m working on Henslowe as well! It’s so popular and I saw your blue wrap on the projects page. I thought it was pretty cool that I recognized someone and I saw the one that my favorite LYS (Ewe Knit) made too which was great because I had a chance to talk to the owner about it when I went to pick up the yarn for it… I’m a pretty slow knitter that I’m just working on my 1st section bind off and I started the shawl at least two weeks ago 😿. How fast do you girls knit anyway? lol.. I would like to know, for real… I don’t have a magic bullet on passing the time, but occasionally I’ll listen to an audiobook or podcast and do find that an hour or so goes by quicker than when I’m watching TV, which could be why I’m so darn slow…
I’ll take this opportunity to tell you I really love your work, all the stuff your doing with your jewelry and your photography and your knitting too. You’re really talented and I’d love to come by your booth at one of the festivals and meet you in person. Would love one of your pins… In silver!!!
Yes, it is Claudia! She’s lovely and we spent two hours chatting it up that day I went in. I love it there..
P.S.. Read today’s blog. So sorry to hear about what’s happening. Their actions seem so brazen! I hope you find a way to effectively deal with this and not let it effect your mojo and creative spirit.
I laughed at your treadmill comment! Absolutely too funny! Gorgeous – gorgeous – pattern! It will be worth it in the end….
Great yarn color. I will have to try See Jayne Knit…
Hi, I understand why the Designer only chose solids or tonals for most of her designs. Do you think that this complex pattern – especially the bottom section will get lost in such a busy yarn – stunning though it is? This may account for some of your plateau frustration.