Why yes! Sometimes I just needed a little something different to work on. Initially, I had hoped to finish this by the end of State Fair, but then I had this hankering to knit socks and, well, you’ve seen my posts lately. It’s been Sock-a-palooza around here for the last few weeks. Socks, socks, socks, and more socks. Right now, at this very moment I have NO SOCKS on the needles. Shocking isn’t it? Have no fear, the socks shall return soon. I just need a couple of days without socks.
Back to the shawl. I had never tried Dream in Color so I was pleasantly surprised by the hand and how well it blocked. I was a touch concerned when I finished it last night and I had this minuscule scarf sitting in my lap. Having blocked a few lace pieces before, I knew that it would stretch to some extent, but having no experience with this particular yarn I had no clue as to how MUCH.
Seriously, this stuff blocks very well. This is just about right for me, maybe a tad long at the point. I could have blocked it differently, but I liked how the leaves looked.
Now, as for what I did differently: I totally missed that the second chart had openwork leaves along the edges. I just used the first chart because it was easy to memorize and I was taking this to State Fair and everything had to be easy to memorize. Actually for this iteration, I much prefer all of the leaves to be closed.
Now for what I did accidentally: See how the left side looks a little strange at the bottom? I didn’t even notice that until I was blocking this piece. It was late, I was knitting along with regular interruptions, and blurgh! The right side looks nice though.
Now for what I had to do to finish: cut two rows from the last chart and bind off on the second to last purl row instead of after I finished the chart. Ahem. Yes, I did weigh the skein, yes I was paying attention to how much I had left, no I didn’t make it all the way like I thought I would. I don’t really care. It’s cozy and lovely and it’s not an exhibition piece, it’s just for me.
And because I can’t leave you without the rest of the particulars: North Roe Shawl by Odile Buatois-Brand knit with Dream in Color Baby in Good Luck Jade on US 3 Addi Turbo Lace Circular needles.
ps, I’m gone for a few days doing rabbit things, I’ll be back to the blog sometime next week. Be good while I’m gone!