I am so proud of the way my shawl turned out and so thrilled that my friend Carolyn looks so fabulous wearing it!
Yesterday I hosted the knit group and we had a blocking party for my longstanding Color Affection shawl. It’s done, it’s blocked, and ready to be given to its intended recipient. I get to do that tomorrow, which will make for a nice Monday.
First, the “deets”:
Pattern: Color Affection, by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Dream in Color Starry, colors Tea Party, Cloud Jungle, and Deep Sea Flower
Needle Size: 3 (but I’d go larger on the next one)
Date Started: Early October 2012
Date Finished: May 19, 2013
I read a lot of the comments about modifications people have done to this pattern before proceeding. In the end I chose to do a KFB increase instead of M1L and M1R, as this is garter stitch and KFB is very unobtrusive in that case.I was also concerned about the overall finished depth of the shawl from top to bottom, because the recipient is tall. Sp I added an extra repeat in the short row section. Next time I think I would add depth in the two-color section instead.
I have to say that even though it took me forever, I really enjoyed this project. It was simple because it was garter stitch, but it held my interest because of the frequent color changes. That, and because of the (really simple) short rows, every time I showed it to someone while it was in progress, they commented about how “different” or “complex” it was. I liked feeling smart! Haha… if those people only knew how easy it really was.
Of course I did have some 11th-hour drama. I was planning to have the gang over on Saturday for knit group and blocking, and of course I waited until Friday night to bind off. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like binding off 400-and-something stitches late, late at night, and feeling like you’re cooking along, only to glance back about 200 stitches to find that you DROPPED one. Yeah, I did. And of course, pulling out the bind off yanked on the stitches pretty severely, even though it was loose, so I had to re-knit that last row, one stitch at a time as I undid the bind-off. Crap! Well, ok, I said more than that to myself at about 2 in the morning, that, and I may have cried a little. But it got done, and I took a wee nap at about 4:30 a.m. (I mean nap, too, because i had to be up at 6 on Saturday morning because of kid commitments.)
After all that, here’s what it looked like before blocking:
So as I was saying, yesterday I held knit group at my house so I could have help with the blocking. Tammy and Jessica helped with this and I am grateful to them! It was Jessica’s first time coming to our little group, and she just dove right in! I hope she comes back again so we don’t put her to work next time.
The shawl was out drying and blocking on my dining room table for most of yesterday and today. This afternoon my husband passed by the table and spied this:
Apparently Clyde thinks this luscious new shawl is for him! Of course we informed him otherwise.
I loved the shawl but it is not for me so it is not my colors. So, before I lose my mojo for this project, I cast on for another one right away:
Apparently, I am a glutton for punishment.
The new one is purple (of course!) with green and blue. I hope it is as much fun as the first one.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to get photos someday soon of a happy recipient in her new shawl. She doesn’t mind the camera, luckily, so watch this space for some fashionista photos very soon.
Ciao for now!
Well, I can finally say that I am nearly done with Color Affection:
I’m holding knit group at my house on Saturday and we’re having a blocking party. This shawl is the star of the show, so it will be done, no matter what. Wherever I am by Thursday, I’ll finish that row and call it done, so I can bind off and weave in the ends. The border isn’t quite as wide as I had wanted it to be, but oh well. I am sure it will be fine.
Funnily enough, I’ve been carrying this thing back and forth to work and it’s been sitting on my desk for more than 6 months. My co-worker, who is the surprise recipient, finally noticed it on my desk for the first time and said, “Oooooh what is THIS that you are making? I LOVE the colors!” (I knew she would, but the affirmation was good.) “That’s good,” I said quickly, and changed the subject so she didn’t have the chance to take it out of the bag before being interrupted onto something else. Phew.
If it’s dry, she’ll get it on Monday. I can’t wait.
Today I got it in my head that I wanted some idea of the size of my Color Affection shawl. I don’t know if I’m gutsy, or stupid, or what. but it’s been looking so wonky to me and I have been wanting to know what it would look like stretched out. And, I have it on three pairs of circular needles, so it’s pretty secure. That’s the good news.
First, my before and after shots.
This is what the shawl looks like with no stretching at all:
You can tell that it is very narrow from top to bottom, and really long from side to side. Luckily the yarn has a lot of stretch in it, so I hope to gain some depth in the blocking. Sp my friend Rachel and I pinned it out, sort of, just to see what it might do at blocking time:
I’ve done some more studying of the shape of the thing since this afternoon so we can improve on our shaping technique when it comes to actual blocking. Plus I’m betting the fabric will cooperate a lot better when it’s not actually still on the needles, and wet. But after worrying about the size of the thing for some time now it appears that I don’t need to be too concerned, that is, if it blocks to something approximating the size shown here. In the second photo, it’s about 20 inches from top to bottom so far, and I’m not done with the border yet.
But, like I said, that’s the good news. In stretching it out we found a dropped stitch, early in the grey and brown section. That is, many rows down and quite near the beginning. It apparently happened some time ago, such that there was only a visible hole for a few rows, and then it sort of closed up on itself. I took the chicken’s way out and laddered it up a few rows and then pushed the errant stitch to the back and tacked it down with some yarn and wove it in. l learned tonight that I need to practice fixing garter stitch. I can handle 3 or 4 rows dropped by re-knitting, but a long ladder and changing direction back and forth with the crochet hook is tedious. I don’t have a smooth motion down for doing this and probably need to learn, probably before I start the shawl that is going to be for me.
Maybe I should have made my own shawl first, so that I could get the mistakes out of the way, but I was so anxious to knit for a friend that I didn’t think about it. Oh, well…. I learned some things today.
Clyde the Cat also had a good day:
“Man, that catnip’s some seriously GOOD stuff!”
I just freed one of the colors from my Color Affection shawl.
I am now working on my Very Last Brown Stripe. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Then it’s on to the bottom border, and then, my friends, it will be done. Except for the blocking. I’m not looking forward to that. Wanna come help?
This rumpled bit of fabric is about to become something great. I can almost taste it.
This, of course, is my long-suffering Color Affection shawl, which I know we have all been staring at on this blog for months now. Are you sick of it yet? I am. There. I said it.The good news? I’m nearly done with the eighth repeat of the short row section, which is the last one before the bottom border, as the pattern is written. Mine is so narrow from top to bottom, though, that I think I am going to eek out just one more repeat before I call the section done.
As to the bottom border, I am considering doing a narrow band of the grey before doing a wide band of the blue. Anything to add to the overall top-to-bottom length.
I had a lovely potluck lunch and yarn swap with the ladies from knit group today. For me, this is the best part of my knitting hobby. Sure, knitting itself is a mostly solitary activity, but because of it I have met so many wonderful people that I can honestly say are now my good friends.
Soon I will be showing you photos of this shawl as a finished object. I know you’re all just waiting with bated breath, aren’t you?