I am still working on the Wingspan shawl… so it’s officially what’s on my needles. I am on my 6th wing…
Last Saturday morning I stopped by my Local Yarn Shop to pick up a pattern and yarn for a “Shawl Collared Cowl” (by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting – pattern also available via Ravelry as a purchased download). I wanted to make this for my daughter in MA.
I have to tell you – it was very gratifying to cast this on the needles on Saturday evening and bind off Monday evening. I will definitely make this again. It was a quick project because it’s fairly small and uses a bulky weight yarn and I learned some new things about knitting too. I used Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Grande so it will be soft, warm and cozy.
This week I ventured out to locate buttons for it and took the opportunity to check out a couple different yarn shops – both within what I’d consider a reasonable distance. They are larger shops than my LYS, both very friendly and they carry a wider selection – one also has a good selection of spinning supplies (a bad habit I will not get involved in). A wider selection also means they carry a lot more of the pricier yarns. It’s nice to know they are there and I can keep an eye on their sale bins.