I finished my lovely ocean inspired shawl. Want to take a look?
I didn't knit a lot while on my vacation, I seemed to be emerged in books instead. So this week I took some time to finish this shawl. Gazing at the yarn it reminded me how very beautiful the water was at Turks and Caicos. The yarn is Three Irish Girls, Wexford Merino Silk. It is specially dyed for A Good Yarn, my favorite yarn store in Sarasota. The colorway is called Gulf of Mexico. I live near the gulf and believe me our water isn't quite this beautiful, but is sure is further south.
A simple drop stitch pattern really shows off the beauty of the yarn. The shawl ended up being approximately 16 inches wide and 62 inches long. I haven't decide on fringe yet, I'll wait on that a bit. Cast on 55 stitches on size 11 needles and away you go! Knit 7 rows in garter stitch. On the 8th row knit the first and last stitch, each stitch in between in wrapped three times. The wrap is easily dropped on the next row as you knit. Easy Peasy.
Notice anything special in the photo above? My gardenia's are blooming about 5 weeks early. I have never had gardenia's for Easter, they usually bloom around Mother's Day. I was a bit shocked to see them blooming already.
I promise not to have fifty trillion pictures of gardenia's this year. But they are so beautiful and the smell is divine. That is if I could smell them. My oldest came home from our trip with a bad cold. He has now passed it on to his brother and myself. We are miserable. It has settled in my lungs like all colds do. I am coughing so much my back and ribs hurt. I had to sleep in my family room last night so I wouldn't disturb the whole house. My youngest has a sore throat and looks horrible. So I am taking it easy this weekend and enjoying some baseball. (Yeah for Carlos Pena on his grand slam, at his first at bat back as a Ray! Against the Yankee's no less!!!!)
And of course celebrating a bit of Easter. I didn't decorate this year so this bunny will have to do.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, celebrating Spring, Easter, or just Life!