Test-knitting, scrappy brioche and…

…knitting for sanity in times of international crisis is today’s topic!

Today is my 8th anniversary with WordPress and I thought I should take a moment or two and let you know how I’ve been spending these last couple of weeks.

Well, I finally wrote and put to testing a one-skein shawl pattern that I had actually developed during last summer. It is a mohair lace shawl and it is currently being tested by a team of wonderful test-knitters in my Ravelry group. I remember buying the yarn from Lise on May 1st, 2021 (Greece was still on lockdown mode and we were only allowed to circulate in car at a distance of no more than 30km from home only during the weekend, so, that’s what we did; a family excursion from our home in Piraeus to Lise’s studio in the outskirts of Athens and then, bak home). I got the yarn I had ordered, we exchanged flowers in pots and we didn’t get to see each other for a month or so after that.

That neon yellow mohair lace yarn deserved some special love and I thought I could give it some, by designing my first ever half-pi shawl at a very loose gauge. It took me less than a week to finish the prototype, a minimalist lace motif and some twist were all I had to do. This yarn speaks for itself, no need for frills and such. Test knitting should be over in early April, so I’ll be able to release a new pattern for you by April 15 (fingers crossed)

Meanwhile, I am doing some relaxing stashbuster knitting, making myself a ‘What the Fade” shawl, a pattern by Andrea Mowry. In fact, I’m participating in her March2MayKAL2022 with this scrappy project: I created crazy yarnballs out of merino single leftovers by my favorite indie yarn dyers (TreLiz and Le tinte del bosco) and they fade so beautiful together,, don’t you think?

Last but not least, I received yarn from today and I am making yarn cakes to knit a cardi for a friend, but that’s all I’m going to write about this now. All I can say is that she is very knitworthy! I need all the knitting I can do to help me staying sane and calm in this world of war and worries. I hope things turn for the better for the people in Ukraine, as well as for the rest of the world, so I can feel happier next time I write a post! Take care!

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