This is a true Fall knit. The leaf stitch pattern in this gorgeous Autumn colorway from Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn mirrors what's happening outside of my living room window. It's completely not cool outside. My afternoon run will be a sweathoggish one, but at least leaves have turned!
I'm really not trying to look off in the distance, brooding for these photos. I literally could not look up and hold my eyes open without blinking in the filtered sunlight that day. I must have deleted 100 photos of my "high on knitting" half-closed eyes look. I probably needed some sleep, too. from teaching Sunday School that morning after being out really late the night before at a concert.
The details: As I mentioned, I used two skeins of Merino Aran from Red Sock Blue Sock in the Autumn colorway. I'm not sure what needle size I used, because I immediately slipped them into something else, but I'm thinking it was size 5s (I knit loosely.) Friends, I used almost every single inch of these skeins to get the biggest shawl I could. I actually cut most of the cast on tail off and spliced it with the end of the last skein to finish my bind off row. There is exactly 1.5 inches of unused yarn hanging from the shawl. I'm glad I went for bigger.
Blocking shawls is still an issue for me. I still haven't gotten blocking wires, though I keep talking about it. So, I used a couple of layers of towels and just stuck my t-pins through them to get the picot edging to block out.
I am now the Queen of Fall. Now to find a big pile of leaves to romp in. I miss having little kids with me all the time, legitimizing these urges.