Somehow in the midst of all the craziness that is preparing for an international relocation, I managed to finish off my Age of Brass and Steam kerchief! This simple but lovely pattern is by Orange Flower Yarn, and can be downloaded for free on Ravelry!
This little shawl has unexpectedly become a neat little bookend to our time in Indonesia. I actually bought this yarn from Purl Soho in NYC on my very last visit to the store in the days before we left for Indonesia, and I started knitting it while we were staying in the West Village apartment we rented while our house was being packed up.
I put it away shortly after we moved, unmotivated to knit in such a tropical climate. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out again, inspired by the thought of those crisp Melbourne winter days, and finally finished it off. It’s so little, I can’t believe it took me so long to finish up!
I really love how it turned out. I’m ashamed to admit that I can’t remember what this gorgeous yarn is. The label went missing at some point in the last two years. If I had to bet money though, I’d put it on being Madelinetosh. Colourway forgotten!
I still had a lot of yarn left by the time I reached the point at which the pattern suggests binding off, so I enlarged the shawl from it’s original dimensions. This is easy to do by simply adding extra repeats of the pattern. I added one extra repeat.
Of course blocking is where the magic happens! It had a bath in a sink of Soak Wash, then to lay it out I used this old foam Hello Kitty mat we had lying around. It’s not very aesthetically pleasing, but the background grid is surprisingly helpful for getting straight lines!
I didn’t block it very aggressively, so it’s just a nice size for draping around my neck. I’m looking forward to getting some use out of this once we arrive in Melbourne!