Axis was the perfect travel project, and ended up finished and off the needles the night before we were leaving for home. Swan's Island yarn can't be beat for softness. This is just like a big hug.
Ordinarily, I would be looking for something other than a shawl to knit. My last three projects were shawls...the Tokyo shawl, Settler shawl (which got gifted to our Scotland guide---what a storyteller she was!!), and now the Axis shawl.
But when I got home, look what was waiting for me in the mail!!!
I've been drooling over Kirsten Kapur's Islington since I came across a promotional several months ago. Susan Cropper did it once again....this book is chocked full of must-knit goodies. Of the 12 designs, I'll probably knit at least 10 of them. (Same thing happened with Jujuknits....I've knit just about everything in that beauty of a book!)
But, Islington must be first!
I love the lime-navy combination shown in the book, but I had some yarn in the stash in the same soft, luxurious merino/silk blend (although a different brand) from which the model was knit.
The yarn label says these colours are 'chimney sweep' and 'champagne'. They look grey and beige to me. Whatever you call it, it's still rather boring.
Not so boring!
How could I resist a Diana Gabaldon book? It's been on my bookshelf for years unread, I guess waiting for me to make this trip. We spent some time in 'Outlander' country and even visited the site of some filming of the series (in Culross).
Anything look familiar? (I've never seen the series, but the film crews were here!)
When the battlefield of Culloden is mentioned....I can picture the Jacobites defending their land against the English Duke of Cumberland...and the impending bloodbath. I was there.
I'm not sure this book is going to make me gobble up all the other 'Outlander' books in the series, but so far, I'm enjoying all the familiar references. (and after two weeks of intensive, condensed Scottish history...I'm actually following the events!)
(Jamie is pretty hunky---even in print! So what's not to like?)