Suddenly, I had a burning desire to learn Entrelac.  Noro was on sale at The Loopy Ewe, so why not?  I did feel guilty about cheating on my baby knitting, but this project didn’t take that long.

Noro Silk Garden Entrelac Scarf

I cast on for this pattern and learned to knit backwards to avoid turning the work so much, using this video: (it’s the last video on the page)

On the first pass through Tier 1, I encountered a knot with a very ugly color transition, from magenta to light green.

Entrelac swatch

So I knit through all the different components of the entrelac pattern to make sure I understood everything, got the tension right for knitting backwards, then ripped it out and went through all 4 skeins with a ball winder to look for other knots. 3 of the 4 skeins had a knot. One of the other knots was an abrupt color transition – from pink to black. The last was magenta to black which wasn’t too bad so I just spit spliced it and left it that way. The rest I rearranged so that the color changes weren’t so obvious.

Entrelac is a very addictive technique – I stayed up too late a few times knitting just.. one.. more.. square…  and I think it turned out well.  I love the texture of it, and have decided to leave it unblocked.

After that, I went back to the baby blanket and finished half of it.  But then, I received The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes from my sister for Christmas, and could not resist the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Shawl, by Sivia Harding.  I even had suitable yarn in my stash:

Briar Rose Sea Pearl in 02

It’s Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl, a fingering weight merino/tencel blend, which is a bit variegated but not so much as to overwhelm the pattern. I am skipping the beads, because I was too impatient to start the project to go looking for the right beads. I think the pattern is plenty beautiful anyway! I used Emily Ocker’s circular cast-on to start, a tutorial can be found here.  Here’s what I have so far, using very poor flash photography – I need to get a better photo in natural light.  This doesn’t nearly do it justice.

Tibetan Clouds Stole

I also wanted to show off this beautiful project bag that I got from ZigZagStitches:

Project bag from ZigZagStitches

It’s beautifully made using Japanese fabric, and quite sturdy.  I love it!

So, as I wait to go into labor, I am knitting, knitting, knitting.  Keeps me from going nuts.