Sunday, 13 January 2013

Year of Projects update 13th January

I shared my finished Ishbel beret on Friday; today it is the turn of Momijigari!

Project: Sunshine Shawl
Pattern: Momijigari by Beth Kling
Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in Sonne WD
Needles: In a fit of uselessness, I don't appear to have recorded what size needle I used on Ravelry. I think they were 4mm.

I've had this Wollmeise in my stash for ages, over a year in fact. I bought the skein from a friend who was having a destash, having already fallen in love with the other skein I had previously bought on eBay. It needed the right pattern, as I wasn't sure how the colours would work once knitted up.

Then I found Momijigari. The samples are knit in a similar colourway to my Wollmeise, and I thought they would go together well.

I felt sure I'd made a good decision once I wound the skein and saw for the first time the length of the colour changes. Once I'd started knitting, I knew garter stitch was the right choice.

I flew through the main section, but hit a stumbling block when I realised I had to pick up and knit 195 stitches to start the border! Once the increases were done. I had nearly 400 stitches on my needles! The border was only 20 rows, but it took forever.

I was so pleased when I finished! It then sat in my basket for a week or so, before I finally decided to get the blocking boards out and start working through my pile of finished projects. This shawl was the obvious choice to be done first.

I cleared the dining table, and set up my alphabet blocks. I only just had enough to create the space needed for this shawl - it is a shade longer than my dining table which is five feet long. Two days later, and it was ready to unpin and weave in the ends.

I love the finished article. Such a warm, bright colour; perfect for cheering me up through the dull grey winter months ahead. The Wollmeise is a lovely yarn to wear around your neck too. I'm also really pleased I found the white balance setting on my camera (all thanks to the lovely Eskimimi and her photography tutorial) as it meant I could take decent photos of it despite it being late and dark.


  1. It is all kinds of awesomeness! Congrats on getting this done.

  2. OHHHH this is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Minding My Own Stitches13 January 2013 at 14:12

    Wow, that's gorgeous. I just love Wollemeise. I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of skeins at a yarn shop in California on my vacation last year. It makes fabulous socks too!

  4. Wow your shawl looks so gorgeous and I love the colour so bright and cheery.

  5. Gorgeous!!!! I love the colors...just bought a skein of Girl on Fire with similar colors...

  6. OMG! It is beautiful! Did you say those were 2 different yarns? If so, I would never guess are such a great knitter. Congrats!

  7. Sunshine in a shawl! Simply stunning!

  8. 2 great f/o's these past weeks..fantastic. The link for the picture tutorial is so very helpful. I never pay attention to my pics..and 3 months to the wedding!

  9. That is gorgeous, it is definitely the right pattern for the yarn, they are perfect together.


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