Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Summer flies right on by...

You ever have one of those days when you're feeling a little under the weather and just want to be left around to do work at your desk, but everyone needs you to do something for them? Today seemed like one of those days for everyone. I seriously considered plopping down a giant bag of chocolate on the main table in our office and sending a departmental message to let everyone know they could have a go at it if need be.


I'm settled back at home with a hot bowl of soup, excited that I finally got my act together and have some photos of a recently completed project to share. Hooray!

I've been working on a pair of socks, and decided to take a break and knit something big. Something big, but something at still reflected summer in its own way. Quite randomly, I ran across Summerflies by Donna Griffin. Though I had been looking for a new project, this quite possibly was the closest to an impulse knit as you could get. I couldn't get to my needles quickly enough, and almost instantly knew what I wanted to use from my stash. I'm so glad I had everything on hand, because it really was a fantastically fun knit!

As you can see, the shawl is constructed with differing sections (see the little butterfly eyelets in the 2nd and 4th sections? Squee!) and finished off with a lovely ruffle and picot bind off. Each section provided new interest, so it never got boring.

Close up of the picot bind off.

The completed shawl is light, but does keep bare shoulders warm in these last few summer nights. Alternatively, it's also long enough to be used as a scarf. I didn't photograph it that way because I kind of stink at styling things that way.