I got started on my latest project this week–the shell shawl from Debbie Stoller’s The Happy Hooker. (The picture is from early Sunday–I spent most of yesterday on it, so it’s grown quite a bit already.) It was a little hard to get started–shells and treble stitches are new to me–but once I got into the swing of it, it became easy-peasy (except for the blisters forming on my fingers). I can even work on it while watching dvds, without losing count. Woot! I’m using purple Red Heart, which was a Christmas gift from my friend Tricia last year. I thought it’d be enough, but as it turns out, I was wrong–looks like I’ll need at least another skein. I’ve long since thrown the wrapper away, so hopefully dye lot won’t be an issue.
I really like the pattern, particularly how each row gets quicker, since you’re going top down and therefore decreasing a shell on each pass. I suspect I’ll be making this shawl again, perhaps with the blue discontinued alpaca from Cascade that I’ve been saving for a special occasion; we’ll see how this one turns out first, though.