I finished the Daybreak shawl.  I used Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in off white and the orchard colorway.

It’s a brilliant yet simple pattern with a lovely result.  Overall, I’m happy with it, but I wish the purple was less bright in the orchard colorway.  (I was going for a more muted, rusty maroon look.)  For this project, I treated myself to a pair of Hiya Hiya needles in size 3.  I made the medium size.

Although I put a bunch of shawls in my queue after Stitches, this project was a good reminder of why I don’t knit a lot of shawls — they take forever and, honestly, I’m not sure I’m actually going to wear it.  (Can someone — Aim?  Sarah? — point me to some instructions for how to wear a shawl more like a scarf?)  At least I can say I’ve finally knit a Stephen West pattern.  One of these days, I’m going to knit Diana’s amazing Kaleidoscope shawl.

In other news, the second shipment from the Cookie A sock club arrived!  I love the yarn and I love the patterns and recipes.  I’ll be attempting the Nanaimo socks and the cookies/bars by the same name.

That’s Socktopus, a yarn that I hadn’t heard of before but, as I’ve since learned, gets great reviews by Ravelers.  The colorway is a gorgeous blue-ish grey, a nice neutral change from the first shipment, which was bright red.  I plan to start those socks as soon as I finish my Honey Cowl, which should be in the next couple of days.  Finally, I never got an FO shot of the granny square baby blanket I made for my friend’s third child.  However, the other day she texted me this image of her newborn:

I definitely see more of these little blankets in the future.  It was a fantastic use of scraps and a great take-along project for those times I get a hankering to do a little crochet.

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