While I was camping with GiGi this summer, the main project I brought with me was a simple garter stitch shawl. The yarn I used was a lovely, warm angora, wool, and silk handspun that Athie gave me for Christmas last year.
While this may seem like a wonderful idea, the family was looking at me like I was crazy because it was a hot, steamy week in Arkansas in June when we went camping.
I had actually started it near the end of May in NYC which, as some of you may know, can be nice and cool. But it was one of only two projects that I'd brought with me to work on at GiGi's house and I'd finished the other one on the flight in.
Yet, as it turns out, I barely worked on it while I was there. GiGi had a friend that she wanted to give a lace shawl, but she's not that fond of lace knitting (crazy, I know!). So we bartered a trade. She offered to knit a long overdue item that I'd been meaning to make (as a thank you gift for someone) on the condition that I would knit the shawl for her.
How could I say no to that? I'd been putting off knitting that hat (yes, I said hat) for over a year. So she gave me some yarn (100% Silk, Pingouin Pure Soie) and one of my own designs to knit.
The Ceuta Shawl is the second shawl design that I published when I was starting out, so it had been several years since I had knit it. I really enjoyed knitting it and it only took me about four vacation days to complete.
It wasn't until after I got home (and into the air conditioning) that I finished the angora Camping Shawl. And I almost immediately cast on another one. That one is knit in a Merino and Silk hand dyed yarn.
Unfortunately, the dyer has since stopped dyeing. (I hear it's the only way to live.) The colorway is called Canned Peaches. I call it 'Wow-that's-a-fabulous-orange-yarn.'
The yarn was also given to me by Athie (for a birthday during her pre-spinning days). She has fantastic taste in yarn, doesn't she? It also seems that she knows my color preferences a little too well.
Not that I'm complaining,
P.S. I forgot to mention that the Camping Shawl is free on Ravelry. It's knit side to side in garter stitch and is great for restful knitting in between big, complicated projects. download now