100% Alpaca in my lap on a summer day? Am I insane? It is quite possible especially since this 100% Alpaca is knit into a massive Pi Shawl that will be a cozy lap blanket come winter. Alpaca is warmer than wool and this Cascade Eco Alpaca is incredibly warm and soft. Although I live high in the Rocky Mountains I still cannot work with it more than thirty minutes in the summertime.
Girasole has been one of my largest projects calling out to me to be finished. I started it a couple summers ago as part of a challenge and it literally messed my shoulder up because I was obsessed with finishing it within a month timeframe. It obviously was never finished that summer. I had to set it aside and start physical therapy instead. But now I am motivated again because in two weeks because Zimmermania begins at the local yarn shop.
Our Zimmermania Club will knit a quarterly project from one of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s marvelous books. If you have never read any of her books then you have missed out on a literary treat. She is delightful to read and will have you chuckling in no time. We will be starting with the Knitter’s Almanac which was reprinted for her 100th Anniversary birthday celebration had she lived to celebrate 100 years. Our first project will be the Pi Shawl.
Jared Flood, the designer of Girasole, was influenced greatly by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Girasole is a Pi Shawl. Are you beginning to understand why I want to finish Girasole? Well, maybe you aren’t because you are probably not as persnickety about things as I am. Something in me will not let me cast on another Pi Shawl when Girasole is lurking about unfinished. Do you think it is possible for unfinished projects to doom brand-new projects of the same type.
I have decided that I won’t risk it so despite the warm alpaca sitting in a heap upon my lap, I am committed to work TEN knitted on edging points a day. Each point gobbles up three stitches on the border circumference. If my calculations are correct, the ‘new’ Pi Shawl will be cast on with great positive beginnings!