KNITTING: The Lonely Tree Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia in Araucania Nature Wool
Lacy patterns are not usually my thing, but when I spotted the (free) The Lonely Tree Shawl pattern on Sunday night, I had to make it. On Monday I raided my stash and found only one suitable weight yarn in almost the right length - in fact it's a little short so I'll have to change the last pattern repeat or something, but it's almost enough... so I cast on. It's the first time I've used a charted knitting pattern (I used a chart for colour before but not for different stitches) and it is a piece of cake. In fact, as with crochet charts, I am finding it much easier than written instructions, but then I am a visual learner. It's 30% done according to the amount of yarn left, with 4 more rows of Chart B to finish and it feels as if it's whizzing off the 5.5mm needles.
The 800m of Rowan Creative Focus pictured is earmarked for a cardigan, a part of my Year of Projects list, which I'm hoping to start today. Probably the Chevron Lace Cardigan by Milobo...
... more lace, and I haven't attempted an adult sized crochet garment before, so it'll be another 'New Thing'.
Our book club choice for this month is The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I've heard wonderful things about this simple poignant tale and so far it's entirely living up to its reputation. I'll tell you more about it when it's finished, but for now will say that it is worth checking out if you're looking for something to read.