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June 18, 2013
Leaf Evolution

Leaf Evolution was the perfect spring spin and knit - such a well designed, beautiful mystery shawl! It was presented in 6 weekly clues starting from the small leaves and growing gradually and fluidly into larger leaves and flowers - simple lace, but oh so pretty!

Leaf Evolution

Started with this soft thick fluffy batt from FatCatKnits - filled with merino, falkland, bamboo, silk tencel, and firestar,

green batt

3 ounces of fiber spun into 441 yards of 2 ply lace weight yarn

2 ply handspun

I have to tell you about the very stressful ending to this shawl - here is how it went down. As I got closer to the end of the shawl, I knew I had cut it way too close and started knitting faster and faster with increasing anxiety. With 3/4 of the bind off left to go I ran out of yarn. There was a teeny bit of leftover singles on a bobbin so I plied that which got me to about 12 stitches left. Next, I spit spliced the little pieces I had used to tie up the original skein - had to go to the trash can for those! - which gave me another 10" getting me to 6 stitches left. My first thought was to pull back the bind off and use a regular bind off which uses less yarn, but is not as stretchy - then I thought pull back a little and divide the 2 ply into 1 ply for the last few stitches, but I really didn’t want to do either of those , so I went to bed and when I woke up, I saw that beautiful piece of yarn from my cast on - wahooooo! I spit spliced it to my tiny end and bound off the last 6 stitches - phew!

yikes
phew
tada
done

Leaf Evolution

Pattern: Leaf Evolution Mystery Shawl designed by Tetiana Otruta
Yarn: 441 yards of handspun 2 ply lace weight (FatCatKnits batt - also has batts in her Etsy shop) merino/falkland, bamboo, silk, tencel, firestar) - all very very soft fibers.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 40" circular
Size: 62" wingspan X 30" deep

The subtle color changes from this batt made such a beautiful shawl - the lace pattern shows up perfectly and there is still lots of interesting beauty to catch the eye in the yarn itself - love it!

Leaf Evolution

Thank you to my beautiful model, Shaina (Connor's girlfriend)

Leaf Evolution

The chicks are 6 weeks old and look like miniature adult chickens - Every morning they are waiting for me on their outdoor perch (they get up and come outside early early in the morning as soon as the sun comes up)

good morning

oh how they love to be out and about in the yard

free

free

usually head straight to the raspberry bushes

raspberries

Anastasia sunning herself

anastasia

Little Red

Little Red

 

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