Monday, October 19, 2015
Knitting: handspun boneyard shawl.
This shawl was one big surprise. When I spun the yarn, I was surprised by how much yardage (292 yards) of incredibly soft, squishy yarn I got from four ounces of Merino fiber. I was surprised that I found myself casting on for a shawl within a couple days of finishing the yarn. I really should have been knitting other things, but working on the shawl was so addicting. I was surprised when, less than a week after casting on, it was finished. And when I blocked it, I was surprised by how large it turned out (about 20 inches deep and 51 inches from end to end).
So I probably shouldn't be surprised that this is one of my favorite things I've knit from my handspun. I just really love how it turned out...soft and warm and striped and larger than I expected. It doesn't even bother me that the purple-ish shades almost veer into pink (and as I've mentioned before, I'm not a fan of pink).
I used the Boneyard Shawl pattern, though I didn't count rows between each garter ridge. They sort of disappear in the stripes of this yarn, anyway, so I just added one every so often. Also, the garter section at the bottom isn't as wide as the pattern says. I knitted until I ran out of yarn...actually I ran out too soon, with about 20 stitches left to bind off (another surprise, ha!), so I had to rip back a row and then bind off. Despite that, this was such an enjoyable project.
Ravelry project page.