You may recall a few posts back I mentioned getting some amazing 100% bamboo yarn in my last exchange. Well my yarn Santa sent me not only the two skeins of bamboo, but a great hank of Hazle Knits sock yarn in Song Sparrow, AND a stunning pattern for a maple leaf shawl from my patterns wishlist. Which btw… I should mention that my Santa this swap was actually my rematch giftee from an earlier yarn swap! (If you are reading this then…. Thank you a billion times!)
So naturally I got out my birthday gift from Ben… which was a fabulous set of interchangeable needles. and got right to work on making my Maple Leaf.
I absolutely loved the pattern and color combination, but I will say I was a bit worried because of how drapey the project was knitting up that it wouldn’t hold its shape so well during blocking. But I am very happy to report that a simple wet block and laid out flat was just right. It has quite a bit of drape to it, but it holds the leaf shape very well.
Now the one thing I can say about this pattern to be aware of, is that it has a large number of ends to weave in. Now that being a somewhat subjective determination, I did count and can give you a comparison. For your average knit item its 2 ends per skein per separate piece. So for a single skein shawl, such as this one… 2 ends would be typical. I counted my ends as I weaved them in this morning… and came up with a total of 50! You have roughly 2 ends per point on your leaf. So this would not be a great travel project where you may find yourself without aide of yarn cutting implements. *cough*TSA*cough*
But overall I loved the project… AND! I still have a whole skein left of this great Bamboo and another skein of sock yarn in Song Sparrow by Hazle Knits from this exchange! Woohoo!
Since it was a great day… I couldn’t resist taking a beauty shot of my maple leaf out on the maple tree…. so I’ll leave you all with that.