I finished up one little project that was on and off the needles before I took time to blog about it.
Pattern: Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style
Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino, 5 skeins
Needles: US 8, 9, 10 and 10.5 Knit Picks Harmony Circulars
Time to Knit: July 3 - 20
Modifications: I knit the sleeves (in the needle size 9 section) longer by about 4 inches on each side
A few weeks ago David mentioned that I hadn't bought any yarn recently, and he really thought that I should. Now, this wasn't a random comment. He really wanted me to be running more, and he wanted a reason to make me do it! I headed over to my LYS with this project in mind. It was fun to buy yarn with consideration-- most of the yarn I've bought since my resolution has been of the impulse purchase variety. I considered Malabrigo since I've seen great versions in this yarn, but I've knit a lot of things out of Malabrigo and I wanted the chance to try something new. I have been wanting to try some Berroco yarn for a while now, and I was excited to find the Pure Merino in a great chocolate color. It's very soft, but it also feels like it will hold up to wear.
I cast on for this pattern on the train to Rhode Island for our clam bake. It was the perfect project for this trip-- interesting enough, and easy to do even while having a conversation.
I have to admit that I like the shrug a little better now that I've seen the pictures of it! It feels a little bit weird to wear, but I do like the way it looks with my vintagey dress (which is store-bought, I must admit). I hope this will make me able to wear all of my dresses a little later into the season.
It's definitely warm. I was really ready to take it off by the end of my little photo shoot. It's hot outside!