Study in Stripes

I finished my Stripe Study Shawl!

Stripe Study

It’s sitting on Maggie’s twin size bed, so you can see for yourself how big it is. I used almost two full skeins of the Beaverslide 2-ply Sport/Sock weight in the Hidden Lake (teal)  colorway, and nearly one full skein of the  Natural Buff. This yarn, I can’t even tell you. It’s the best yarn ever. You really just have to see for yourself. The fiber content is 80% fine wool and 20% fine kid mohair. It comes in 458 yd skeins for $14.50. Although the suggested needle size for this yarn is a size 2-3 needle, I used a size 8 for the Stripe Study Shawl, and the fabric is velvety soft, lofty, warm, and has beautiful drape. Do yourself a favor and order some Beaverslide for yourself. Learn more about Beaverslide Dry Goods here. They are not paying me, I just loooove the yarn.

Stripe Study

After I finished my shawl, I decided that it was high time to knit this year’s slippers. I started on Thursday night and by Friday afternoon I was wearing them! They were damp, but whatever. They were mostly dry.

fuzzy slippers

I used my favorite slipper pattern, Felt Clogs (AC-33) by Bev Galeskas, from Fiber Trends.  I have knit this pattern many, many times. It’s one of those patterns that is written perfectly, is very clear, and if you have your wits about you then you’ll be fine.  Unfortunately while knitting slipper number one I did not have my wits about me. I came to the last row of the instep shaping, had 4 extra stitches and should have been at the marker (I was not). I know from experience that it wasn’t the pattern’s error, it was mine. It’s easy to get lost in these patterns if you don’t keep track of your place. I was paying more attention to the television program I was watching than to the pattern I was knitting. But instead of unknitting, I decided that four stitches was not a big deal, went on to knit the cuff, and finished the slipper, four extra stitches and all.

I knit slipper number two without incident, felted them, and now can’t even tell which one has the error. Gosh, I love felting.

It’s a lovely cool morning here in North Carolina. I have my new shawl on my shoulders and my new slippers on my feet. It feels so good to be knitting again.