Yummy Yarn Sock Club members know that we made good time this month with our shipments which meant that I had some valued personal knitting time.
When I went to England in January, I purchased a skein of market spice Wollmeise at the Loop in London. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I loved the colour BUT NOT the FEEL of the yarn. In my hand it was string! That really was the only way to describe it. Having 150g (510yds), I thought the Haruni Shawl by Emily Ross. Many have said the pattern was difficult, but I found that with a quick review of the written instructions, the graphs were awesome and not difficult at all.
I love the way the pattern created a texture as I knit and struggled with the idea of blocking it, but unblocked it was way too small for much more than a bandana.
The “leaves” of the pattern created peeks and valleys.
Laid out it made me thing of a stingray.
As tempted as I was to leave it I did block the shawlette hoping that the yarn would soften with the gentle wash.
In the end, I love the colour and the pattern. I am NOT a Wollmeise fan and likely won’t be tempted again and I am still not sure what the fuss is about. I would however do this pattern again with a dk weight and, as a matter of fact, ordered some dk 50/50 Merino- Silk this morning that may just do the job. That and perhaps a sweater (there is enough for both of us) for a certain “fan” who has an endless envy for some Strawberry Tea. She knows who she is ;-)