It seems that I shawl knit nothing but things to adorn my shoulders lately. Why in the last few weeks alone, three shawls have come off my needles.
Pogona is the genus of a group of lizards. Herpetology is the study of lizards and other reptiles. Herbst is German for autumn. My Pogona is knit out of the Rambouillet roving that our friend Erica dyed to represent the autumnal glory of Rhinebeck. Really, it’s quite obvious, isn’t it?
The more mundane details - knit out of my 2-ply handspun, semi-worsted spun, 600+ yards out of about 4 oz of fiber, so a lace weight. I knit it on US size 3 needles, if my memory serves. So much fun knitting this fabric - it was lightweight and soft and will be a joy to wear. I added several extra sets of increases to increase the flounce factor.
Next off the needles - my version of your very own pattern, Swagger (Readers, coming soon to a Ravelry store near you!). Mine is smaller, not as long or wide, more of a Sashay, really, which is what I named it. More handspun, this some Coopworth batts spun woolen and chain plyed to about a heavy worsted weight. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. It was supple rather than soft, lively and strong but also obedient. The pattern, need I say, was great, too. Very intuitive - after one repeat of the cute little swag and I was off script. And it was sweet that the design let me use all but about 5 g of this yarn. Well done, Sister!
The only thing it lacked was more length - even making the scarf quite a bit narrower than your version, it was not going to give me tails long enough to comfortably wrap around my neck. So I added a buttonhole at one end, and now I have a shawl/scarf/cowl that I can wear three ways!
The last shawl off my needles is one I’d been wanting to knit a long time - Alison Jeppson Hyde’s Bigfoot Shawl out of her Wrapped in Comfort book, sadly now out of print (but check Alison’s blog, SpinDyeKnit - she can help you find a copy). Alison’s shawls are shaped like a bagel with a wedge cut out so that they sit and stay on one’s neck, even if knit a bit shallow because one runs out of handspun.
Yep, more handspun, this out of Jacob fiber. Jacobs are those crazy looking sheep with 2 and sometimes 3 sets of horns going every which way. I had some tan and some chocolate brown, so spun one 2-ply yarn with both plies tan, one with both in brown, and one a marled yarn with a ply of each color. I then knit pure tan, mixed, pure chocolate from neck to bottom edge and am very pleased with the flow of the color. I call it Wrapped in Jacob.
It also pleased me to realize that the shawl you had knit from Alison’s book, Ann’s Big Heart, was also the Bigfoot. Twin moment! (And I admit to being pleased that the gradient that my hair is becoming matched the shawl really well!)
So what’s on my needles now? Really, do you have to ask?