Another Finished Object! In one month! Shut up! I recently finished a shawl for my good friend, Stephanie (after whom our lovely chicken Stephanie is named).
I like to knit purposefully, that is, I like to have a purpose or recipient for the finished item in mind when I pick a pattern and yarn. I have this fear of developing an overwhelming stash. A 'stash' is just all the yarn a person has. Some of my relatively meager stash is leftover from finished projects. I don't have a problem with that. But some people develop huge stashes (and I mean huge, as in they use an entire spare bedroom to store it). And that's fine -- for them. Basically, I fear becoming a hoarder and so I worry about growing an enormous stash. Right now, my stash, including leftover yarn, would fit in two paper grocery bags.
I also have more enthusiasm to work on a project that's got an end use in sight.
I also like to do something different each time I knit something so that I learn something new.
So that's what I mean about knitting purposefully.
Anyway, here's the sweater being blocked:
I have to say that I think it came out pretty well. Most definitely, there are mistakes in the shawl. Fortunately, they're not major and the lightweight yarn, relatively small needle size used and dark color helps mask them. I don't know why the yarnovers (the holes that go down the center) seem to have shifted. They haven't. Hmm, I'm hoping that, when worn, it won't be so notieceable as when it's stretched out and blocked.
The yarn is Jojoland Melody Superwash (100% washable wool) in color # MS20. It used approx. 1 & 3/4 balls of yarn. I think I used size 4 needles. The yarn, needles and lovely shawl pin all came from The Blue Purl in Madison, NJ.
I liked this pattern and finished project so much I might just knit one up for myself. I'd like it bigger and warmer so I might knit it up in some leftover Plymouth Yarn Encore Tweed in color 3525 (a dark green with tan tweedy bits). It's a washable acrylic/wool worsted weight blend. I'll knit a bit of it, probably on size 7 or 8 needles, and see if I like the way it looks.
I saw a fellow Raveler made this without the yarnovers. Since the yarnovers help increase the size of the shawl in addition to forming the holey pattern, she needed to replace the increases and did so by knitting kfb instead of yarnovers. I'll try that bc, while the holes are okay, I'm not in love with them.