I almost can’t stand to look at this shawl today…we have record-breaking heat this week, which is scheduled to continue at least until Friday. With the humidity factored in, it feels like 41 Celsius outside right now. Yes, this is Ottawa, Canada, and not Riyadh! The sun is perfect for pictures, though, so I briefly ventured out to snap a few pictures.

The first Multnomah I knit was for a swap. It was difficult to give it away, and I vowed to knit the pattern again for myself. There was a niggling bit of doubt in my mind, though. I worried that I would get bored and not finish it. No worries, there! It was fun, and I immediately started another feather and fan shawl after I bound off.

The yarn is Malabrigo sock in the “Indiecita” colourway. I used less than 2 skeins. This is a larger version than the original pattern. I wanted something a bit larger, so I increased the number of garter stitches to 265 before starting the feather and fan border.

I think this photo has the best representation of the true colour of the yarn. My 2 skeins were the same dye lot, purchased at the same time, and yet were surprisingly different. I knit the garter stitch portion with one ball, which had lots of lighter green and no purple whatsoever. When I started the feather and fan pattern, I began alternating skeins, knitting two rows of one, changing to the other, and so on. I knit the last 3 pattern repeats with just the second skein, the one with the lovely dark purple in it.

What’s with the peanuts in the 2nd photo? They’re a gift for this guy:

He (she?) comes by to relax once in awhile. He can tell I am fascinated by him, and will stay on the deck to eat his snack, so I can check out his bright eyes and glossy fur. I have heard that squirrels can be yarn thieves, so I don’t leave any of my creations outside unattended.

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