I've been a bit quiet of late, busy times in work (I seem to keep saying this!) and not much time at home this last couple of weeks! However, I have been making steady progress on a couple of my YoP WIPs.
This week I'm going to talk about Momijigari. I cast on last week in a frenzy of new project starts, after deciding the time was right to get out my second skein of Wollmeise and get knitting.
It's such a bright, sunny colour which is perfect for cheering me up now the nights are drawing in and the weather becomes more autumnal.
The pattern is well written, and easy to follow (although, my inner geekiness comes to the fore again, as I've been using a spreadsheet to count my rows and keep track of the simple four row pattern). The main triangle of the shawl is knit end to end; it took me a couple of goes to get the hang of doing yarn overs at the start of the row, but the speed at which I got through the first twenty or so rows was very encouraging!
I love how the colours have pooled, although they did go a bit funny in the middle section with the longest rows. You can see in the photo above the triangular shape beginning to develop, with yarn overs on the left edge ready for picking up the stitches for the lacy border. I came a little unstuck towards the end of the decrease section, when I realised I'd lost track of where I was and had missed an increase about twenty rows back. Nothing for it but to rip back, pick up my stitches and start those twenty rows again!
Picking up the stitches through the yarn overs was really easy, and I very quickly got all 199 stitches on the needle. Not having read ahead in the pattern in any great detail, I got a bit of a shock when I realised row one of the border had me increasing to 333 stitches! I have to admit I was a little concerned about how long it was going to take me to knit the remaining 19 rows, but then I discovered that the lace section is all garter stitch as well! No never ending purl rows! I can't imagine it will take me all that long to finish.
Going by my track record though (I'm looking at you, Cwtch Shawl) I will get halfway through the border then get bored and start something else instead!