This is a lovely, luxurious shawl. It is almost a blanket, Steven West calls these big shawls shlankets, and this truly is one. If I remember right, the last rows were almost 800 stitches… let me check to be correct here… yep, 791 stitches and then the i-cord along the edge.
I gathered various yarns from my stash. Lately when knitting Westknits shawls, I have gathered lots of possible yarns into a basket and then I more or less pick one that I feel is right, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not, but I do not plan well beforehand. I think this is the main reason, why I love knitting them. The process is interesting when there is uncertainty where to go next.
With careful planning, I am sure, the outcome would be more balanced, but this is how I keep the knitting interesting. If the color choice feels totally off, I could always rip it, but I very seldom do, because I believe that in the end, it is all going to work.
These colors were difficult to work with, I did not feel that any of them were off, but I was trying to find a way to sparkle up the shawl. It was stubborn and insisted in being calm and quiet. In the end I am glad it stayed that way: it feels very Cherry Blossom to me. I think of Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården in Cherry Blossom time when I look at the shawl.
I used lots of different yarns, all from the stash, I did not buy any new ones for the shawl, but I did use new skeins, not all were leftovers from previous projects.
I had three lovely skeins by Eluded Fiber’s (discontinued) fingering weight yarn that had some cashmere in it, and even though there is little, it makes a difference. Those three were the base that I build on. They were all towards violet and lilac.Melted Baby Suri by Qing Fibers. Long time ago I mail ordered few skeins from Stephen and Penelope and this yarn feels so precious, I want to use every little bit of it and so far I think I have used the two colors I have in three projects. There is some Holst Garn Coast stranded with mohair and then some bits of this and that.
The shawl is a sampler of different stitches; there are slipped stitches and garter stitch, seed stitch and I think there is one knit and purl pattern there as well. Surprisingly, no brioche…I had to double check, but no, there is no brioche. After knitting this, I now know that I do not like slipped stitch patterns, as I find it difficult to tension the yarn. I find it even harder than when knitting colorwork. Also, I am constantly worried that some stitches appear bigger than others. Maybe it is because I have not done slipped stitch patterns, I guess only once or twice before this.
I love to knit these huge shawls. Starting a new project is difficult, it is hard to find a yarn that matches the project, which leads to frustration. Once I get going with a shawl, I love to be in the middle of the project, way pass the point of return but a long way from being anxious to get it over with…
I did say that I will not be knitting a shawl soon… But last night, I did go to have a look at Stephen’s shawl library and there is Stripified with brioche-tuck (never done before, do not know what that is) and there seems to be slipped stitches too… I have some greens in my stash that I would love to put into good use.
What are you working on? I would love to hear.
Enjoy your weekend,
Wool with you,