Today, I have a new-old project for you and a new look!
Yup, you're seeing things right -- don't adjust your monitors, because my hair is BLUE! Also, purple, teal, graphite blue, plum and hot pink! I wanted to do something new and fresh and crazy to reflect some recent life changes, so I went to my pal Michael Jay at Local Honey in Nashville and came out a few hours later with hair that makes me feel like an awesome superhero, Jem from Jem and the Holograms, an anime character and/or a magical fairy. Pick your favorite!
I took some time today to have Andrew photograph a project I've been meaning to document for awhile - the Alicia Plummer Campside Shawl. I'm not going to lie -- the charts with this shawl didn't make a lot of sense to me and were kind of frustrating at first. What I ended up doing was just figuring out the increase rate and repeat (easy peasy) and going with that. The panels turned out great and I didn't have yarn overs on top of eachother (the main concern with following the pattern verbatim.) This was a fairly quick knit, only taking a few weeks, and the yarn is what really made it happen.
I used Julie Asselin Leizu DK. Julie is a great friend, an amazing dyer, and just all around talented, fantastic person. I was lucky to meet her entirely randomly at TNNA, then got to know her as my mom's shop, The Sheep's Stockings, started stocking her yarns. This year I'll be at Rhinebeck and Julie is one of my roommates! I could not be more excited!
Leizu is a stunning yarn -- Merino and Silk with a TON of shine and a wonderful hand. It's the recommended yarn for this pattern and based on the several versions of this shawl that I've seen, I'm in love with the choice. I could definitely make a sweater out of this yarn, too (hmmm, but which one!?) I have to say that if you can get your hands on some, try it out.