A knitting jag is best described as that project that is so damn entertaining that it gets under your skin to the point that it's all you want to knit. I don't usually get them (other than the felted clog debacle of '08) once I'm done with a project, I move on. After all, there are millions of entertaining things to knit out there.
However, when Joplin came out last month, I started Rav messaging with Wollwerk-Simone Eich. After some back and forth messaging, I went to friend her and had a stupid fangirl moment when I realized who I was chatting with. I had about half of her patterns in my favs on Rav, and had just bought the yarn for Fairy's Wing. Simone's patterns have a fantastic riot of color that's incredibly appealing to me. I generally like people who think outside of the box to produce something unique, and Simone's patterns do just that.
Sadly, Fairy's Wing is a quickly knit shawl, so much so that when I was done, I decided to knit one for my friend Jess when she admired mine.
This one was done in less than 24 hours. I beaded the tips at the bind off points on mine and added a fairy charm at the end. Jess's didn't get beaded as the yarn has sequins but added a fairy charm to hers as well. Deborah's yarn wasn't sparkly, but when I asked her about beading via text, she didn't answer, which in Deborah speak is no (my bestie is very polite) I did add a fairy charm to hers too though, I couldn't resist.
I can't say that I'm done knitting these, even though I'm onto other projects. I knit the Victorian ponchette this week (no pics yet as it's pinned to the floor blocking) What's so appealing to me about Fairy's wing is the shape plus the knitting. It combines YO's with dropped stitches and the only thing I like better than YO's in knitting is dropping stitches. I find it ridiculously amusing to the point where I cannot put it down. Don't start one of these if you have something else to do anytime soon.
Pattern is easy to understand and I found no errata, so I give it 2 needles up.
P.S. although I'm done with Fairy's wing (for now) I'm not done knitting Simone's shawls Backnang '13 is currently on the needles using a combo of Festivus yarn from Jess and Einband.