Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sizzle Pop Shawl

Not only am I waaaay behind on blogging, but I am also behind on taking (halfway decent!) photos of finished items!  Since I took pictures of my Sizzle Pop shawl today, I figured a blog post about it wouldn't hurt!

My Sizzle Pop started life as two skeins of truly uh-maze-balls Merino/Yak/Silk Singles from Chester Wool which I dyed last year (I even blogged about it!)  This base is just beautiful!  After deciding to use them for this pattern I overdyed the lighter skein black.

Yarn: Chester Wool Merino/Yak/Silk Singles (dyed by me)

This was only my second attempt at brioche but I'd wanted to make a Sizzle Pop since it was released so figured I'd just go for it!  Apart from needing the charts to refer to every MC row, I found it quite an easy knit - just not TV knitting, so it took me a while (especially as it hibernated for about 6 months!)

Yarn: Chester Wool Merino/Yak/Silk Singles (dyed by me)

I then decided I *had* to wear it to Nottingham Yarn had a few frantic weeks of knitting!  I completely fell in love with it all over again whilst I was knitting - the squish of brioche, the yarn, the pattern!  

Then as I was on the last few rows of the last repeat, disaster struck and the cable of my needle snapped, dropping all but a few of the stitches.  I'm not ashamed to admit I cried! 

I picked up all the stitches and then spent a couple of hours the following day ensuring they were all in the right place, picking up any dropped yarn overs and fixing it as I went.  Not a task for the faint hearted but it was a HUGE sense of achievement when it was done and all put to rights again (but I definitely don't recommend dropped a couple of hundred brioche stitches!)   Thankfully it was cast off, washed and blocked with plenty of time to spare for the Yarn Expo!

Yarn: Chester Wool Merino/Yak/Silk Singles (dyed by me)

I have worn this to death since I cast it off and it's most definitely one of my favourite knits!  Obviously it helps that it matches my hair and most of my wardrobe but it's made me fall in love with brioche in a major way and I can't wait to cast on my next brioche shawl!

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