Spring in Central Park
As I mentioned in a previous post, during August I will complete a few WIPs. Obviously I was diverted by my Crocheting Adventure (Confession: I am still on the adventure and working on a 3rd Owl Hat). Before the crochet rabbit hole appeared, I finished my Spring in Central Park shawl by Michelle Miller (Fickleknitter).
During a Baah Trunk Show at Abuelita’s, I saw the Spring in Central Park shawl knit in pink tones. I really liked it and it looked fun. Because I live in Southern California, fingering weight yarns work in our climate – heavier yarns not so much. I chose a variegated skein named “Peacock” (Poetic Justice…) and then a navy and a blue green to complete the look. The navy is a bit darker than the dark blue in the Peacock skein – the photo below shows the contrast with the navy. But it still looks lovely.
I loved knitting with the Baah yarn; it is soft but holds the lace pattern well. It blocks beautifully and I think I will enjoy wearing this shawl. Many of the shawls I knit are fairly small – more like scarves. This one is substantial but not too big. Now what to wear with it?
Observations on the pattern and knitting:
- The colors glow in this beautiful shawl. Photos really don’t show how rich the Baah Yarns are.
- The Baah yarn is fabulous to knit with and I will definitely knit with this again. Baah is dyed in Southern California so I am not sure how available it is around the country.
- Stitch markers don’t work with this pattern as the markers would need to shift frequently. This did slow me down, and because stitch markers help me avoid mistakes, I made more mistakes than normal with this pattern. La Jolla is very forgiving so I was able to drop stitches down to fix mistakes rather than rip out sections.
- As is common with some crescent shawls, I definitely had a hump in the middle of the lace. I aggressively blocked the shawl and for the most part the hump blended in. In the photos below, you can see how blocking made a big difference. I still need to fold a bit of the hump down to have the shawl fit around my shoulders, but I can live with it.