Since Purl By the Sea is closing, my husband and I are heading out to Montauk to take advantage of the great ocean beach and the friendship that we’ve build with the other knitters at Purl By the Sea.
My husband treated me to a wonderful trio of knitting books including Volume 2 of Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries and her Knitting from the Top Down. With Nora’s great array of books, it was a tough choice.
I used the train and beach time to work on my Black Malibrigo Fountain Pen Shawl. While the Malabrigo merino sock yarn is great to knit with (although I would caution against using black. In my defense, it was a choice of black or white since I waited for The Point to put it on sale.) It is light enough to be able to knit on the beach which is good since the sun light makes the knitting easier.
As a pattern, here are the advantages and drawbacks of the Fountain Pen Shawl:
- For knitters, like myself who use stitch markers to measure each pattern repeat, the shawl required re-arranging the stitch markers at the beginning of each new set (or every 16 rows.)
- The patten wasn’t sufficiently interesting after the first set of repeats to keep my attention. Please note that this may be a plus for a new knitter.
- The shawl used nups which are a sign of a hand made piece but do so sparingly for those who dread them or once per repeat.
Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief