During the Hidden River Yarn’s sixth anniversary celebration, I fell in love with the Overbook shawl by Erika Flory. Aside…Erika has a collection of Philadelphia themed knits that I want to collect and I have my eye on several that I would like, nee want. Any who, the Overbook…the display piece was gorgeous, I live in Overbook, and SHAWL! When Lisa showed me yarns for that I could use to recreate the shawl, I balked at the prices of some of the yarn. See, I was feeling a tad guilty for buying more yarn after spending a small fortune buying fiber goodness during the open house for Fairmont Fibers just one month prior. To assuage my guilt I bought some less expensive yarn and set to work on the shawl.
The Overbook has lots of knit repeats that are not complicated but can be a bit tricky if one stitching is not paying attention. Then I got frustrated when my yarn got all tangled up and the project was put on time out. I wanted to make the Overbook and found a cake of yarn from the open house and set to work.
With the Quince and co, I used size five needles and the stitches get stiff and tight. When I witched yarns, I used size seven needles and the results are a shawl that is drappier and lighter.
It’s been about two weeks and I am loving the result! Using a combo of Manos del Uruguay and what I believe is some Madeline Tosh (this may be wishful thinking) I have found a combo that works so well!
I am so close to finishing and would like to complete this before the end of the week (which happens to be my birthday!). Check me out on Instagram (I’m there as @sayitrahshay) to see the finished product.