I finished my second Wholehearted shawl yesterday. Actually it was finished last Friday except for the bind-off. I thought I had left enough yarn to do the picot bind-off, but ran out about 2/3 of the way through. So I unknit the bind-off row and set it aside with the intention of spinning more yarn to finish it.
But then yesterday morning I saw Evelyn's finished shawl, which she did without the picot, and I quite liked it! So I decided to just bind it off straight, using my favorite stretchy bind-off. After which I steamed the heck out of it!
Because I had less yarn than the pattern called for, I made some adjustments, so this one is really more of a shawlette. I'm going to live with it a while; if I decide it's too small then I'll spin up some more yarn and add on.
I did the garter stitch section as written, then did only 9 repeats of the textured pattern. After that I worked 6 rows of garter stitch and then did the bind off. I really like this one for elasticity and simplicity:
*p2tog, place stitch on right needle back on left needle*
Just keep doing that all the way across: easy peasy!
When I'd finished, I had about 2 yards of yarn left over! Nice!
This yarn was such a joy to knit with. And it's interesting to me how different in character it is from my first one. This shawl feels very springy and lightweight - the fiber is 100% merino. The first one feels slightly heavier and quite a bit more drapey. On that one, the grey is 30/70 silk/merino and the lavender is 100% superwash merino. The superwash treatment really does change the hand of the fiber and the yarn - I'm not much of a fan. In my experience, the yarns I've spun with superwash fiber lack the bounce of similar yarns spun with untreated fiber.
I've been working little by little on my next spinning project, but it's a lot slipperier because of the added silk! So it's likely to be a while before I have anything to share!