I didn't just buy yarn when I was in New York two weeks ago. I also got a bit of knitting done.
With some gorgeous Harrisville shetland from the stash, I returned to a favorite pattern, Evelyn A. Clark's Flower Basket Shawl (Rav link) . My first Flower Basket shawl is the one I wear most often, because it isn't too long and because I like to wear it with the point under the neck or slightly to the side, where the scalloped edging frames the face in a way I really like. I have other triangle shawls of similar dimensions, like my good old Charlotte's Web, but their straight edges appeal less.
Loved it unblocked and crinkly, love it even more now.
Truth be told, the shetland could stand a bit of softening. I am going to see if that happens naturally, with frequent wearing. My Stonington shawl was knitted with the same yarn and when I reach for it on most mornings, it feels utterly soft and squishy -- and this after it was soaked and blocked only once. Shetland is really exceptional this way; and light, and warm. Best of all, it absorbs dyes in the most exquisite way. There is no way I could capture this colorway properly; there are tiny flecks of pink in the red, and a slightly blueish tint at times. The shawl took very little time and under two skeins of yarn, even though I added one pattern repeat to extend the length.
I have another FO to report, also a stash project, started yesterday, finished yesterday, dressed-up today with a black button. The Manhattan Freshman had requested a grey hat, to go with her black scarf perhaps.
For this I unearthed two ancient skeins from the stash, so old that I can't remember when or where I found them (before I realized I didn't enjoy knitting with boucle, at any rate.) The yarn, long since discontinued, is Anny Blatt's Chimere, a blend of wool and kid mohair that is much softer than it looks. I knitted it double with a size 9 circular, following a basic template from Ann Budd's indispensable book of knitting patterns.
All in all, not bad for a little over a week's worth.
In other news...
A few blocks away is the street to visit on Halloween in my town. I'll be home handing out candy while the festivities are on in full force, but I got to see a preview of things to come during my afternoon walk.
Homage to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
And a tribute, both ghoulish and elegant, to the Day of the Dead
Off to light candles and fill up the magic cauldron of candy!