it’s almost spring, let’s kal…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s amazing that in February we’re still getting snow and hail in our little corner of the PNW; as I type this, big fat beautiful flakes are falling and we’ve gotten a couple inches of snow in the past few hours. Despite the unusual weather, spring flowers are starting to poke their heads up. As the days get longer, I’m looking forward to some spring color, so how about a knitalong!

The recently released anastomosis is a great way to use up stash or go splurge on some new yarn–it is beautiful in solids or gradients. The shawlette uses 575 yards (~1½ skeins of sock yarn) and the large shawl uses 1000 yards (~2½ skeins of sock yarn). The samples in the pattern used 1 skein of Wollmeise Pure (it’s a big skein) in Confident (red) for the shawlette and 10 mini skeins (~100 yds each) of Dream in Color Smooshy with cashmere; I forgot to write down the color numbers but it was 1 skein of the first color (darkest), 2 skeins of the second color, 3 skeins of the third color, and 4 skeins of the fourth color (lightest). In both samples, we selected dark beads (dark ruby and dark blue/nebula) for the bind off.

For this KAL, I’m going for the large shawl in gradient speckles…perfect for spring! The very talented Heather and Angela over at NanoStitch Lab definitely have a way with color. I’m using their Scientific Sock and thinking about Solar flare, Tourmaline, Jupiter, Magma, Safety goggles, and Asteroid, but waiting until the yarn arrives to make my final decision. The large shawl will use about 2½ skeins of yarn, so I might break out ½ skein each of 5 colors…or I may follow the same idea as the blue shawl and use 100 yds of the first color, 200 yds of the second color, 300 yds of the third color, 400 yds of the fourth color and just stop there…or once I see all the yummy yarn I might decide that I want it all in one color..all in all it’s not a bad problem to have 😉 I’ll probably wait until the knitting is into the last color before I select bead color.

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This KAL is just for fun, so no deadlines and no pressure, although it would be great to see Instagram posts tagged with #anastomosis_shawl and ravelry projects linked to the pattern page! I’m going to try to finish up by mid-April so I can have a nice spring shawl to wear. I’ll be posting my color selections and ideas, progress, and tips on Instagram, so be sure to follow me: @gristcreative.

I’ll be casting on Thursday, March 16 (to give everyone time to gather, order, or shop for yarn) and would love it if you’d join me!
Happy knitting!

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