I received my first order of Wollmeise literally a couple of days after I wrote my last post. How in love am I with this yarn? Very much so. It’s not really the base (though I do like to knit with it) but the amazing VIBRANT color of it. I don’t understand how she can keep color so well in her yarns. I have plenty of other indie dyers that I still adore – and probably more than Wollmeise, to be honest – but Wollmeise has sky rocketed to my top ten for sure! First, I just love how it was packaged:
Is that a neat little bag or what? Written all over it are knitting terms in German translated into English. And upon opening, a wonderful burst of green:
Along with some German Gummy Bears. How could you beat that??? My guess is with gorgeous yarn! I got four skeins, Wasabi (love the BRIGHT green!!!):
Campari Piccolo (beautiful orange with hints of yellow – it was so hard to capture!):
Maus Jung (a lovely purpley gray):
And the gorgeous Pesto:
The Pesto definitely inspired me to cast on right away and as I am the most wonderful sister in the world (I am! Ask my sister! 😉 ) I’m giving her the finished object – yes I already finished! – of an Aestlight Shawl:
It turned out beyond lovely and I am so glad I did it in the Pesto color. It was an amazing green to work with!
As for the pattern, I couldn’t be happier with the end result though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored knitting it. It’s all garter stitch and even the lace pattern is incredibly easy. The edging was a lot of fun to knit, though. I do think that my bored problem came from the fact that I finished it all at once, though. If I had taken my time (like I did for Mara in the previous post) I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been even half as bored with it as I was doing it all in less than a week.
I can’t complain too much, though, and I daresay I look pretty happy with the finished product. 😀
Pattern – Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% Superwash (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – July 29, 2009
Cast off – August 3, 2009
Modifications – None. I didn’t want to deviate from the pattern too much due to amount of yarn needed. I have about 40 yd left of the yarn, though, so I probably could have added a few border rows (which is what I would have done).
I wanted to show you all the wonders of blocking again so I laid out the shawl on the couch and went into the other room to get the camera. When I get back, here’s what I found:
When I asked Hitchcock what he thought he was doing, he decided that the shawl was too comfy to slink away so he laid down for a nap, LOL.
I did throw him off of it to get a picture, though!
Blocking is pretty amazing, no? My advice to you for the day is to start blocking your FO’s if you don’t already. Great advice or what? 😉
Oh and my budding love affair with Wollmeise will continue! I’m casting on soon for a pair of Sunshine socks (rav link) using Wollmeise in Safran (destashed from a fellow raveler). Can’t wait! 🙂