This is the journey of my Chickadee, a sport weight yarn the color of a bumblebee.
Bought in October in the state of Maine, it sat untouched until the month of May. (Actually it was April, but that doesn't rhyme.)
It was going to be a Lucinda cardi, but (after procrastinating several months) decided it wasn't for me.
Miriam was next and I actually cast on for her, but then was discouraged by the tiny needles - size 4!
Then I saw this Petal capelet and it made me smile, but was it too much granny style?
"Caplelet" doesn't have the most attractive ring, but I thought this scarf/wrap/shawl would be just the right thing.
The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles, but I figured that since it doesn't really have a defined shape, the sport weight yarn and size 8 needles would work fine. I really enjoyed knitting this. The Chickadee, which felt way too small and firm on the size 4 needles, was very soft and open on the size 8. (Go figure.) The pattern uses short rows, which was a new skill for me, and they kept the repetitive pattern from getting boring. There was also an air of mystery (or just plain confusion) for the first couple of sections because I had no idea what part of the capelet I was knitting. After several sections I could see where the neck hole was going to be. The size Small called for 6 repeats, but I had to do 7 to make it fit around me since I was using smaller needles and yarn. This is a nice weight for Spring and chilly Summer evenings. As I was knitting, I imagined draping it over my shoulders for a stroll along a Maine beach at sunset, but that will have to wait until July. Sigh.
I hung the capelet outside to dry and discovered these tiny orange specks on it at the end of the day. According to my bee expert husband, this is bee poop. Since it is the Petal capelet, I guess this is fitting.