With so much of my knitting being for others or on deadlines I have found a little stress creeping into my knitting life this week. Don't get me wrong, I love my sock knitting and will never be parted from it but when all my ongoing projects are sock related I start to feel a little flat and one-dimensional.
So in the interests of fun and variety I have declared today a Non Sock Day and cast on for a shawl instead.
A chance comment by the lovely Kerry over in the Sheep Shop group on Ravelry lead to the setting up of a summer mini KAL/CAL for folks interested in casting on for a shawl project this summer. Inspired by a shop sample I have decided to cast on a Herbivore shawl in some gorgeous Sparkleduck Galaxy yarn. Perfect as a relaxing summer knit whilst entertaining the boys at home.
Not much progress yet, but I will be working on it after 'Bath & Bed'.
It sounds almost like knitting heresy but despite being a huge admirer of his work, I have not yet made any of the Stephen West shawls. By a strange coincidence I have been trying to play around with different shawl shapes for fun, and came across his Shawlscapes class on the Craftsy website.
So now, I am knitting on my own Herbivore whilst working my way through the online tutorial. I'm not entirely sold on his presentation style, but it's early days - I'll let you know how I get on.