Artesian

I received Rosemary Hill’s Artesian pattern as a surprise gift. I had it on my wish list and one morning I woke up and someone had gifted it to me. I do this random act of pattern gifting from time to time, but I am always surprised when someone does it for me. From the moment I got Artesian I wanted to knit it in a stashed skein of Dyeabolical’s Strong Arm Skinny in the Nehi to a Grasshopper colorway…

I had dreams of this gorgeous purple shawl and I could not wait to start it. And then when it came time to wind the skein, I had a last-minute change of heart and grabbed my skein of Dyeabolical’s Tenacious Sock in Kara…

I don’t know why I changed my mind. It could have just been the grey skies and rain of March. Or maybe it was that name ‘Artesian’ that made me lust after the cool blues of a bubbling spring. Whatever the case I went with it..

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And it didn’t take me long to know I was going to be really happy with the results. It’s true, this one took me a few starts before I was really and truly on the road. It’s not that the pattern is all that hard once you getting the hang of it, but it took me a bit to get my head wrapped around where it was going. By the time I was nearing the end of the final repeat of the main chart, I knew I was going to be in for a little yarn chicken…

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In all honesty, part of me hoped I’d run short so I could order another skein and just max this shawl out in size.

Alas, I finished with plenty…

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I had a whopping 9yard remaining — not even close to running out even with that stretchy bind-off!

And after a nice, intense blocking complete with a light starch spray as instructed in the pattern, I had this…

artesian points2It is beyond my wildest dreams.

artesian detailThe colors & the textures…

artesian fullAnd the just lovely asymmetrical shape with those beautiful accent points.

artesian pointsIt’s as close as I’ve come to yarn acting like water. Due to the pattern shape & texture, yes, but the yarn…

artesian onThe drape is almost incomprehensible. It quite literally flows.

I am 100% smitten. I just don’t know that knitting results get a whole lot better than this.

Welcome to my wardrobe, Artesian. I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a lot of each other.

Today on my needles…

We all got up early this morning & drove Mr Knitting Sarah to work & the kids and I did the grocery shopping. With everything put away, I am sneaking a little time for this…



I just couldn’t wait any longer to see if I’d win this game of yarn chicken. Not quite finished, but I think I’lll be defying the odds and emerging victorious (fingers crossed).



Today on my needles…

After a few days away from home, we had a nice quiet day relaxing today. I’m getting ever so close to finishing my Artesian Shawl – just a few rows and I’ll be on the last scallop before the final chart. I suppose this means I’d better photograph the other 3 FOs waiting to be shared with you!