Almost from the moment I cast off Cladonia on Sunday evening, I've been working on Summer Flies. You see I'm hoping to complete it in time for my Sister's birthday ... cast off no later than Friday evening, block and gift on Saturday. Seemed like a crazy plan, but now that I find myself more than halfway on Wednesday morning, I think it can be done!
The shawl is written for worsted or DK weight yarn, so it's working up pretty quickly. Because of the larger gauge there are considerably fewer stitches and rows than you'd find in a pattern written for lace weight or fingering weight. I'm using Shelridge Farms Soft Touch DKW - a superwash wool in a colourway that matches the top I gave my sister last year. In fact, one of the two skeins I'm using is leftover from that pullover - luckily I was able to pick up the last skein in that dyelot a few weeks ago at the DKC Knitter's Frolic.
Since Sunday I've completed three butterfly sections and four sections of ridged eyelet. Like so many Ravelers before me, I added an additional section of each for a bigger shawl. I'm just about to start the knotted openwork section, which is written as seven patterned rows but I'll work thirteen before buckling down for the ruffled edge and picot bind-off. With shawls I usually find it hard to estimate my progress. Not this time; I have two skeins, I've knit one, so I'm at least half way.
It's work-in-progress Wednesday, and I can't be the only person knitting as if my life depended on it, can I? Why not take some time to click through the links at Tami's Amis to see what other crafters are doing?!