Among all the works-in-progress (WIPs) that make up one’s project list, one must include an easy knit that can be done while waiting in your car to pick your daughter up from school, during the various after-school activities your daughter attends, in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, or even in the lull between ordering your food and its arrival. You bring this project with you wherever you go. It keeps you occupied so that you don’t have to constantly check your iphone in the hopes of a new email or text. This pattern’s main features should involve lots of stockinette or garter stitches and require little or no stitch counting. The boredom of the repetitive knitting is offset by the greater boredom of sitting around and pretending that you have important missives that necessitate you checking your iphone every five minutes.
But then, sometimes you get lucky. You stumble on a pattern like LaLa’s Simple Shawl by Laura Linneman that meets the above requirements but is still interesting enough to keep you going. And, of course, pairing it with yarn that has a lot of color changes is a big part of the appeal.
Below is my simple project using my handspun Pigeonroof Studio superwash merino, which I spun and noted briefly. This is a pattern that really allows handspun yarn to shine. A combination of garter and stockinette stitches and some YOs to give the shawl some texture and air, but not enough that it competes with the color. This is a two-ply yarn. I had divided the braid into two pieces and spun from the same end. The result is a fingering weight yarn with a subtle marled effect due to barber pole striping with some larger saturated sections where the colors lined up.
This is knitting up so beautifully that I can’t imagine knitting with anything other than handspun.