SPO by Sabrina Schuhmacher
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock and Fröhlich Wolle Blauband
Colour: Electric Rainbow and offwhite
Needles: 4mm Round Needles
Start of project: July 2nd, 2017
End of project: July 12th, 2017
Before we left for Germany and the North Sea I knit this shawl as a test knit. It's been my second time as a test knitter. I enjoy knitting a new pattern, even though I never know whether I do enough "testing", basically I just knit and hope for the best. This test knit was for Sabrina aka donnarossa on ravelry.
I got to know her last year at my first stitching retreat, she is the organiser and she's one of the friendliest knitter I know. I often see her on Tuesday evenings during our Knit'n'Sip at Piccolo Giardino or if the weather is really hot at the lake for a swim and then some knitting.
Somehow I found it really hard to start this pattern, mostly because it uses an iCord-cast on, a technique I'd never done before and because the terms right and left can sometimes confuse me quite a bit, I guess I have a bit of a brain challenge there. I kind of managed after a few tries and after that it was just lovely to knit. All these starter problems were of my own making, if I'd read correctly what was written or if my brain had managed to process it, it would have worked out far quicker. In the meantime Sabrina posted a tutorial on her blog with pictures which helps a lot.
I used one of the skeins I bought in Pacifica this spring. I had no idea when I would ever use something as colourful as that yarn, I just knew I liked the way it looked. For this project it seemed perfect. I combined it with a really simple off white sock yarn which works great together.
At first I imagined finishing this shawl at the place it was named for (that was quite a coincidence that we were going to the town next to SPO for our holidays) but then it was knit so fast that I had time to block it at home and so I just put it in my suitcase and took it to the beach with me.
Yannick took lots of pictures and I think it looks stunning in the place it was supposed to be worn ;-)