Ravelry notes here. The pattern is Wrapped in Leaves, found in Alana Dakos' Botanical Knits. It's a really pretty pattern, but I tend to like streamlined, simple designs (which is why I'm not a lace knitter!). However, when I found the yarn--which is Miss Babs' Yowza! in Crawdad--I just knew it had to be this shawl. Whatever that feeling is (kismet?), it happened, and I cast on almost as soon as I received the yarn in the mail.
The pattern is wonderfully written. It's not too detailed and assumes you know the basics, but it doesn't leave you scratching your head anywhere either. I will say adding the leaf edging had me a bit confused, but it was one of those things where you had to just do it to understand it. Stop reading and thinking about it; just pick up the needles and do it.
The yarn is ridiculously wonderful too. The colors are gorgeous and deep without being too dark for me, and the masculine palette brings down the feminine leaves a bit. I haven't worked with Yowza! before, but I should've known it would be amazing--every skein of Miss Babs I've ever knit with (or even touched!) has been my most favorite skein yet. It's a good thing I have a stash of her yarn!
Is it bad that I'm already looking forward to fall so I can wear this? Yes, it is. It's finally warm, I should enjoy it!
What have you knit lately?