Hugs is going on hiatus for a few days owing to a death in the family; I expect to be back here and posting more ridiculous projects and procrastinations sometime next week (or maybe I will take a much-needed vacation out of town, in which case I will get Hubie to stand in for me.)
While I'm gone, I hope you'll consider possible stash yarns for the free mystery shawl knitalong I will begin posting sometime early in August, the exact date depending on when my Twisted Fiber Art yarns arrive so as to allow me another test run for yardage. As I mentioned when I described my trials and tribulations developing this pattern, it was born of the many worries I had when conditions first began to worsen seriously for the man my family is now mourning, and I would love to participate in a collective knit of it while we adapt to life without him.
it should take around 650-675 yards of fingering weight (I used just over 600 in heavy fingering) but I might take that number up a little after I've completed my fingering weight runthrough
it’s a top-down triangle (which is to say, the rows get longer the farther along you go, sorry!) in variations on super simple lace patterns - if you can K2tog and yo, you can do this - separated by borders to make it easy to run in ends, with a different border along the bottom
by 'run in ends' I mean I designed it to be adaptable to using up stash, including different colours if you wish and to some extent fibers
the lace patterns are sufficiently un-elaborate to accommodate variegated or self-striping yarn and I'm using some of the latter in this next runthrough paired with a semisolid, but I think it will be cleanest in a semisolid or solid
the result is an elegantly (in my one-colour version, anyway) rustic reversible shawl a la the BBC’s period productions, the like of which I spent many an hour watching during this very long illness and the tumultuous year preceding it
which explains why the shawl is called 'Escapist'.
Hugs to you all, and see you soon!