It’s Friday and it’s raining.   Those things both make me very happy.   I’m looking forward to a restful weekend with my new friend, Allegra.  Between her powers and the rain, I think my allergies will be back under control again in another day or so.

Meet Noria.  She’s my latest pride and joy. 

Pattern:  Gaia, available as a free Ravelry downl0ad.  (Honestly, if you’re not on Ravelry, just sign up, if for no other reason that to Rav-stalk and dowload free patterns.)  I didn’t make a single modification, other than to knit on and on, to make the most of my pretty yarn. 

My new skill was the picot knit backwards bind-off.  Knitting backwards is easy, and I’m looking forward to trying it again.  I might have to cast on for another entrelac project just so I can give it a whirl.  It’s a softer, rounder picot, although I suspect I could have blocked each point for a sharper look.

This pattern was written for Noro sock yarn(s).  No two will ever look the same, as the knitter decides when to make the change.  It’s nearly mindless, but has enough variety to keep it interesting.

Yarn:  Noro Silk Garden Sock.  I finally found this yarn’s zenith.  I don’t care to make socks with it, because it does have that Noro thick-thin thing going on, but in this shawl, it was great.

Needles:  US #5 circs.  I started with the Addi 24″, but had to switch to the Knitpicks Options (metal tips) and the 40″ cord.  I STRONGLY prefer the KPO pointy tips.  I’m glad I did start this project on the Addis though, because now I know I don’t need to invest in the Addi Interchangeables; I’ll wait on the Hiya Hiya version.  Using them back-to-back on the same project really drove that point home!

Verdict:  I have two more skeins of Noro Silk Garden sock, so there’s a chance I might do another of these.  It’s still a fairly small shawl, but I think it is going to live with a fairly small woman, so that will work out just fine.

So, what will you be doing this weekend?  I know there’s a Jane Slicer-Smith series of workshops in town this weekend.  I never signed up because I suspected my back wouldn’t be up to sitting all weekend, but I hope those of you who are attending have a great time!

FFF-smWhat about next weekend?  Who is coming to the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier next weekend?  I’m going to be there on Saturday, as is AnnDianne of Creatively Dyed will be there as a vendor for the whole thing.  AmyWendy?  Who else?

Will enough of us be there at the same time to plan our own little meet and greet?

Have a great weekend, whatever you do!

19 comments on “Noria

  1. anniebananie says:

    I love that shawl. It is absolutely stunning. I am glad that you have found your new BFF. Me? I’m just waiting for the rain to clear and the temperatures to drop – then things will be better for me.

  2. gaylen says:

    I think that looks fabulous. While I like Addi – I love the tip on the Addi lace, have you tried those yet? Supper pointy and the cable is fabulous. But you also know that the HiyaHiyas are my favorite needles evah! Although I don’t find them too overly pointy, but they do have a very nice gently rounded point. Whatev —

    Your weekend sounds lovely – I hope your new friend allegra is nice to you. I think I might try to get my hair cut and colored and get some sewing time in. I’m putting off selling the “old” machine hoping I can convince JB to let me keep it as a back up and give the Princess my back-up machine. Clear as mud – guess I’m telling you that my machine is in the shop. g

  3. Love your Noria and glad you found peace with your yarn. How nice, too, that you have Allegra to make your days better…even now, a very miserable Daniel is wah-ing at me due to allergies…Another busy weekend for me; PSG walk in the morning, Sutter Has Talent tomorrow eve, the usual Sunday stuff. Good news is Hubs is off this weekend, so we get to do it all together.

  4. Darcy says:

    Your Shawl is gorgeous love the picot edging and the colors are lovely.Sounds like your weekend will be fun I plan to keep knitting on my shawl I’m at Row 70 Chart D:)Hugs Darcy

  5. Sue says:

    Very pretty feminine little shawl. Happy colors, too.

    The rain has finally stopped here, it must have moved into your area. Glad we could be of service.

    Tomorrow is Dogfest, so Sky and Norma Jean need baths tonight. My allergies are driving me crazy so I can’t even think about all the things I should be doing today.

  6. AlisonH says:

    Beautiful! And say hi to Dianne for me; I’m so hoping she comes to Stitches West again next February. I love her colorwork.

  7. Dianne says:

    Love it! I’m going to go right over to Ravelry and add it to my queue…

  8. Marjie says:

    That’s a pretty shawl! It’s sunny here today – hooray – but only 60 degrees – boo! Thor and the boys are romping joyously in the yard, staying out of the shade. For the weekend: finish a skirt. Filing. Office cleaning. 2 or 3 hours in the tub on Saturday night with a good book. You guessed it: nothing is required of me, and that’s happy news!

  9. km says:

    Breakfast with some ladies tomorrow…then a hair appointment…and my Last Day @ the JOB.

    Noro is perfect for that scarf.

  10. nichole says:

    Its BEAUTEOUS!!! Lovely! 🙂
    Have a great weekend… our rain is coming in on Sunday. They just actually postponed the special fall classic race (matt’s) another week because of the 90% chance of rain (they never postpone 2 days in advance mind you)…

  11. Natalie says:

    Love the shawl!! So pretty! Hope you have a great time at the festival!

  12. Sue J. says:

    I love your shawl! Turned out just great. Have a Happy, knitterly weekend!

  13. Anita says:

    Pretty! 🙂

    Pout… wish I could come to the festival next weekend!
    Pet all the goodies for me will you?

    My weekend? 2 week’s worth of laundry! GAH!

  14. p3knitter says:

    That is so pretty! I love the colors!

    YES – a meet and greet would be fantastic! I’ll have to email you my phone number.

  15. Bubblesknits says:

    Ooooh! Love the Noria. 🙂 Very jealous of you getting to see all Dianne’s yarns in person. Got to see them (and bring some of them home) at Stitches South. Gorgeous work.

  16. Robin says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this shawl! I have already downloaded it and have sock yarn in the stash when and if I can get to it! Thanks for providing the link.

  17. Lucy says:

    Oh my gosh I’m so far behind on reading, knitting and posting. Your shawl is GORGEOUS! I love those colors.

  18. Kathy says:

    This Noro colorway is my absolute favorite and I like how the shawl captured the colors. It will be wonderful for you at the fiber fest:).

    mmmmm……….I would so love to go to this fiber fest. I’ve pondered about going to this festival for years.

  19. grace says:

    I love and adore that shawl how beautiful it is, what a treasure!

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