After I moved to San Francisco at the beginning of July, I needed a new knitting project. I went to my now local yarn store, Imagiknit, and I picked up some MadelineTosh tosh sock in Farmhouse White. It isn't a color that I would normally pick, as I usually like a lot of color, but at the time I needed something soothing, I guess, after all the stress of packing and moving.
I started out making a sock, the very lovely Roger Ackroyd.
Alas, it was too small, so I started it again on larger needles. And alas, it was too small again! Rather than face re-starting a second time, I decided to put the project aside for other things. As one does.
A few weeks later I realized that a garter-stitch shawl would be great for this climate. I found Frisson, and realized that the yarn from my (doomed) sock project would be a nice match to use for the shawl. And it was.
As you can see, each wedge gets bigger as you go, which made the shawl a fun knit, and also a fun shape to wear. I left off the very last (largest) wedge as I had an incomplete skein of yarn. (I might have thrown away some of the yarn in anger. As one does.)
The pattern was easy to memorize and keep track, and I knit the last couple of wedges on the bus.
I think the shawl will be great for that little bit of warmth when I need it. August can be so chilly sometimes. :) And it will pack away nicely when it isn't needed.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the knitting and the finished project. I think this would make a nice gift, so maybe there willl be more Frissons in my future.
Oh, and speaking of living in San Francisco, I experienced my first earthquake at 3:20am today. It injured a lot of people north of me, but here nothing was harmed, and we only found one thing that was knocked open by the shaking. I woke up to my bed creaking back and forth, realized what was happening, and took a few quick steps to get under a door frame. It was quite an experience, and I'm glad that there wasn't worse damage done and that I was able to react quickly and calmly.