I cast off my Gingko Crescent shawl Monday night and thanks to warm Melbourne weather, it was blocked and dry by the morning!
Being the only thing I worked on this week, this project went rather quickly and by about Saturday I had a good feeling I was going to make it in time for our knitting group's Kris Kringle at the Christmas dinner.
The recipient seemed very happy with her new shawl, proceeding to wear it for the remainder of the evening. It actually even matched the colour of her top, which was pure coincidence as we did a random KK, where each parcel was numbered and we all drew a number to be allocated a gift.
The wool is Knitabulous 50/50 merino silk. Such a beautiful base, and lovely for stitch definition in the lace. It's soft to the touch, and didn't seem itchy at all. The colour is "Tokyo Rose" and it was part of a yarn club Knitabulous offered a few years ago now. I really liked working with this yarn and I have a decent amount still left to work on another small something one day.
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful Maluka shawl as my KK gift, made in Madelinetosh Merino Light deliciousness. The light has faded here tonight, so I've only got this shot so far unfortunately. This is quite an accurate representation of the lovely russet colour of the yarn (Byzantine, if you're wondering), and it shows off the lacework just beautifully.
I'm so excited to receive a knitted gift, I can't tell you. When you knit yourself, you don't often get knitted gifts. My guess people think something like "Oh, you can probably knit it yourself if you really wanted it"?
I know I'm more inclined to give my knitty friends knitting-related items, like needles, project bags, patterns, but I think after experiencing the sheer delight of having something knit by someone else, I will be changing that and will start giving my knitted items to knitters too!
and you guys - you know what this post means don't you?
MY 24-IN12 CHALLENGE IS DONE!!!
*happy dancing in circles*