I'm excited to announce that I completed a decently large object before the new year rings in.
Project: Sweet November Shawl by Caryl Pierre (inspired by the shawl in the movie Sweet November)
Yarn: 1 skein of S.R. Kertzer Tweed Montage (247 yds)
Needles: Size US 10.5
Mods: Since this yarn is bulky, and to not fret about not having enough fringe yarn, I stopped the increases when I reached 157 sts.
Pattern Review: It is a very nice, very simple lace pattern for beginners to advanced knitters. I highly recommend this fast knit.
KUAS facebook group page, I had some requests to show action photos of me blocking this shawl out with my new blocking wires from Knitpicks.
Basically, I stuck the wire evenly throughout the cast-off edge and selvage edge (I needed to use more than one wire per side) and then stretched it out as much as I could and pinned it down similar to how you would without the wires. The blocking wires makes your edge much straighter and less wave-like, so I do recommend trying them out. It was a little bit of a pain trying to stick a thick, blunt wire through wet, bulky yarn though.
What's started on the needles for the New Year?
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and day!