Sommerfeld Shawl: Casting On
I forgot how distracting it is to knit with this mohair and silk yarn. I keep stopping every few rows to hold it up to the light and swish it around. This Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft could not be more different from ordinary yarn.
For one thing, you can get 76 stitches onto three inches of needle.
I would like to pretend that I just knit a half a shawl in two days, but all props go to Patricia Brower, who made our color samples that appear in Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin. I was about to start a whole new one, just as destiny requires, but then I thought: HOLD ON. Patricia has already crossed the 50-yard line on her color sample—pitch me a lateral, honey, I’m going . . . all . . . the . . . way.
Starting my run at Block 4 rather than Block 1 meant that I didn’t get to experience the thrill of the feather and fan that happens at Block 3. Good news: more craziness ahead in Blocks 7 and 8.
But I did get to experience the trippy short rows of Block 4, using three shades of yarn, which result in a slanting color shift heretofore unprecedented in my knitting experience. In mohair/silk laceweight yarn. Ann Weaver, your pattern is glorious madness!
This is the Blue/Green colorway kit. The palest green, at center top, appears almost neutral against its vibrant neighbors.
A lot of you out there will be receiving your Sommerfeld Shawl yarn in the mail any day now. Let’s discuss this project properly in the Lounge—here’s a cozy corner for us to talk: “Sommerfeld Shawl.” I already have a number of solid-gold tips to share, not least of which:
The knitting on this thing goes really fast if you have somebody else knit the first half.
Thanks to everyone who has ordered a Field Guide and yarn. Warms our hearts to have such support for these cloudlike yarns in bright colors and knitting patterns that take us to wild new places.