The lovely skein of yarn pictured in my last blog post is Aade Lõng “Artistic 8/2″ wool yarn. I posted a photo of it pre-winding a while back. I am told that this is the same yarn as Kauni, but put up and sold by a different company. I purchased mine from a lovely eBay seller in Latvia. I may have ordered some more in different colorways from her . . .
I started a shawl knit from the bottom up (surprise, surprise) with this yarn, starting with a lace cast-on.
This cast-on is documented in the techniques section of my upcoming lace book.
I love love love the long color changes of this yarn. I’m doing a relatively simple design that will show off the yarn. Here is a not-great phone photo that really doesn’t show the color changes too well (but shows the pattern nicely):
This is my commuter project, and I showed it to one of my co-workers the other day. She told me that those are her favorite colors, so I’ll give her the shawl when I’m done. Therefore, the pattern will be called “Tracy’s Shawl.” (Tracy is a work buddy and a beginner knitter, and we share joint custody of a mini Keurig coffeemaker!)
I just finished one stealth project and am starting another one, so this shawl should be completed right on time for me to start my Camp Loopy project next week! I got my yarn for my Camp Loopy project in the mail yesterday — I’ll show it to you on Sunday.
The winner of my leftover Wollmeise Lacegarn, which I used to knit my Estonian Pi, drawn at random from the comments, is Holly. Holly, I’ve emailed you.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment!
Speaking of my Estonian Pi, do check out this awesome blocking video from my friends the Knitgirllls. Leslie and Laura review InSpinKnitty blocking wires and use them to block Laura’s Shetland Pi — knit from my free pattern. (This was my mystery shawl knitalong last summer. The pattern is available from my Free Patterns Page.)
Patterns Free on Ravelry?
I was a bit disturbed to see this comment left on my blog today:
Wendy, your patterns are fantastic. I have learned so much from your books – which I actually purchase. This brings me to my next thought. I also belong to Ravelry and find countless patterns there that have been wonderful as well. But it is really disheartening to scroll along and find your sock patterns available for free from the very books I have paid out hard earned money for. Why do you do this? Just please shed some light on this for me and possibly others.
I emailed the commenter the following response:
The only patterns from my books that are also available from me [on my website. not Ravelry] free are the three “generic” sock patterns with the three different heels. Those were included in the [first sock] book as a courtesy so that people who might not have web access could have those three basic “templates.” If there are other patterns from my book that you have found available free, please let me know — they are not offered by me and are being done so illegally.
So if you saw that comment and wondered what the answer is, there you have it. I am not posting patterns from any of my books free on Ravelry.
ETA: I’ve heard back from the commenter — apparently she was mistaken in how Ravelry works, in that all my patterns are listed there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all patterns are free.
In Closing . . .
Lucy says that sometimes a girl has just gotta roll!