I'm a lot less nervous about knitting Nae than I was when I showed it to you last week.
You may recall that I was concerned, after the first few inches, that I had made a mistake in substituting a thick and thin handspun yarn for the tightly twisted fingering weight yarn the pattern was written for. And, I was also worried about the color placement.
Now that I'm 25% of the way in, I'm finding that the yarn and the colors are both working. I know this to be true because my 15 year old daughter, the intended recipient, is most pleased with it. And as those of you with daughters know, they tend to freely express their displeasure when something isn't to their liking — even daughters as nice as mine. So I'm relieved about the way it's working up and particularly happy about how the stitch pattern, which involves a 3" band of moss stitch across the top and a triangle of stockinette below looks when it is worked up in handspun.
It's organic, in a charming sort of way. You can envision it coming off the wheel of some centuries-ago Scottish Highlands knitter (well, except for the riotous colorway) and being knit into this comforting little pattern, a bit of warmth to throw around the shoulders and chase away the chill.
Unfortunately, these photos, which catch the stitch definition nicely, don't get the colors right. That is probably because I took them while we were sitting in the stadium for the local 4th of July baseball game. Thankfully, we were in the shade. But it didn't do much for the colorway, which is more accurately shown in the photo below, from the first post about Nae.
Nae is a quick knit, which is a good thing because I can't wait to see it finished. I'm hoping to work on it later in the month when we go on vacation. In the interests of full disclosure, I seem to have four or five projects, all of which I seem to have deluded myself into thinking I'll "find" time to finish while we're away. But Nae is first in line and I'm looking forward to it!