In a super rare move, I’ve finished a massive knitting project just over a year after I started it. (I’ve had some crocheted blankets on the go for nearly a decade!)
Last week, after working on it in fits and starts during the cooler seasons, I cast off my Find Your Fade Shawl. And though at first blush I was thoroughly intimidated by even the thought of weaving in my loose ends, one conference call and I was done. Done! Completely finished.
I used eight different yarns for it, all odd skeins from my stash. How lovely to be reminded that my colour choices are so consistent that I had eight random skeins in shades of purple, grey and turquoise.
Seven of the eight skeins were fingering weight sock yarn; the eighth was sport weight, and I didn’t realize it till I was nearly through knitting that part. Ah well. That bit of the scarf is a little misshapen to accommodate the heavier weight. But that’s fine.
The finished shawl is massive. I haven’t measured it, but it’s far longer than my wingspan. When I put the widest part at my chest and wrap the ends around the back of my neck to the front again, the tips fall to my knees.
And I haven’t blocked it! There are some simple lace sections that would really benefit from even a light blocking (not to mention that misshapen bit that could be bandaided by some strategic stretching), but I think I’m going to have to wait for summer. And the ability to take up a huge amount of floor space.
So for now, I’m wearing it pretty much every day. I love it so much.
Pattern: Find Your Fade Shawl, by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: Seven skeins fingering weight sock yarn of different makes and colourways; one skein sport weight.
Modifications: I used eight yarns instead of the called-for seven because I didn’t have enough of one colour to use it for an entire section; I improvised! Also, I was so sick of the final lace section that I cut it short and worked some additional decreases as needed in the final section to finish it all off properly despite having skipped a few rows of the pattern.
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