hilary smith callis patterns rock my world

In the last month, three of my finished objects have been Hilary Smith Callis patterns.  I'm still surprised that I finished three things at all in the last month, but I killed it on these projects.

I've been wanting to make Starshower since May, when my sister and I went on a knitting tour of Ireland and she brought hers along, and it took all of the restraint I had not to physically take it off of her and keep it forever.  One of my best friends is

  1. in graduate school here in Boston
  2. just got a scooter, and
  3. is into handwork,

so I decided to make her a cowl because I know

  1. she layers like a badass
  2. is cold for 10 months out of the year, and
  3. would appreciate it

(I mean, she designed her own crocheted poop emoji tapestry, so she deserves all the nice things)

I went to my local yarn shop and picked up a skein of Madelinetosh Twist Light in Pelican.  As a connoisseur of grays, I can say without reservation that this one ranks high on the list of colors I would choose again in a heartbeat.  It is just tonal enough to have a ton of depth, but still allows you to see nice stitch definition in various stitches and lace patterns.

Confession: I am a complete Madtosh whore, and their colors never disappoint me.  If there is one among you who disagrees, show yourself in the comments.

Once I started this pattern, all other projects were immediately cast by the wayside.  It's worked flat for awhile and then joined in the round.  Each section is just the right length to keep me both entertained and motivated to get to the next repeat.

As soon as I had finished and had it out on the blocking mats, I cast on for another Hilary Smith Callis pattern:

Appia is another fingering weight cowl, and is constructed much in the same way as Starshower.  I decided to use some of the Yarn Hollow Chime I had leftover from my Kaisla cardigan to make a gift for another friend (she doesn't know about this one yet, so no revealing details!).  The lace pattern used in this cowl is similarly addicting and full of texture.  This cowl is offered in two sizes, small and large.  I decided to go with the small because I thought I might be cutting it close with the amount of yarn I had, but I ended up using far less than the pattern indicated.  I think my recent sock knitting obsession may have made my gauge a bit tighter than usual though.

After that was done, I was like what the hey and cast on another Starshower for myself.  For this one, I went up a needle size from what was recommended in the pattern to get even more drape.  The yarn is Ellie and Ada Superwash Merino Sock in Drunk Flamingo, which came from the first shop we visited in Dublin, The Constant Knitter.  The color is pretty wacky, but I think it'll go with a lot of what's already in my closet.

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Both of these patterns are very clearly written, and I wholeheartedly recommend them.  The designer has many other patterns I'd like to try, so those may pop up here as FOs in the near future...

--M