Well, it was time to start a new project after finishing Wicked. I went to the spare bedroom closet (where the yarn lives) to take a look in the stash for some inspiration. I found some King Tut cotton that I dug out of a clearance bin back in January. I purchased the yarn for the Nina Shawl from the Mason Dixon Knitting book.
The cotton made it sound like a light summer project so I wound up the skeins and cast on. The other reason I decide to try this project is the small amount of Fair Isle on each end of the shawl. I have two stalled projects that both involve color work. One of the stalled projects is the Color on Color Scarf from Scarf Style and the other is the Weekend Getaway Satchel that appeared in IK. Both projects stalled at the time the color work began. I really would like to get those projects out and finish them, but I've been avoiding them because of the Fair Isle. So, I figured I needed a project with a smaller amount of Fair Isle that I could complete that would encourage me to drag the old projects back out.
There are only two sections of Fair Isle in this shawl and both are a few rows of a simple checker board pattern. The first one went okay over all. My stitches seem a little too tight and pull together slightly. I'm hoping that is will bock out a little bit once the shawl if finished. I decided not to frog it and instead I'll try to knit a little bit less tight on the other end.
I really like working with the cotton so far. It does split a little, but its not nearly as hard on my hands as I thought it might be. It is so much nicer than the dish cloth cotton I've used before. I think I'm going to have to consider knitting with cotton a lot more often. Do you have a favorite cotton yarn?