Some knitting projects are straightforward and satisfying. And some, like my recently finished Atmen shawl weren't always timely or simple, but are incredibly, maybe even-more-so satisfying.
This project is special and a long time coming. I wanted to knit this pattern when it first came out, in May 2017. But the timing was never right, we lived in Texas (rarely shawl weather), didn't have a clear idea of what yarn to use.
As some point, the designer had a sale, and I purchased the pattern, and set it aside.
And then, my brother, while traveling in Iceland, asked me if I wanted some yarn (of course!) and I chose these colors, thinking I could successfully use this sportweight yarn, rather than the specified DK-weight yarn, after a little planning.
I finally cast it on this March. I set is aside for some gift knitting and a time-sensitive test-knit, and then set it aside again for comfort knitting after we had our miscarriage. But now, it's done. And ever since, it's been wrapped around my shoulders, light-as-a-feather, but oh so warm. Woolen spun yarn is magical to me, lightweight and lofty. This shawl weighs next to nothing and it's still so cozy.
When I see it or wear it, I think of all the little pieces over the years that eventually led to a cozy shawl, newly finished in time for a season of Advent and anticipation. Keeping my shoulders warm while I make breakfast or while I run out to grab the mail, scoop up our toddler, or sit and knit in the evenings.
I know that knitting doesn't need to be a sentimental thing to be enjoyed, but I love that it's sentimental for me. Marking the passing of time, the changing of a life and of circumstances. I hope to wear it for years to come, warming my shoulders and making me smile, reminiscent of all the little pieces that make up the larger pieces of a life. Marked by calender changes and birthdays and seasons, yes, and also by the rhythm and flow of a set of knitting needles.
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Navia Duo in two shades of grey and a red
Size: one size, but modified stitch count and striping sequence to add rows
Pattern: Atmen shawl by Shannon Cook
Needles: US 6, sized down to account for loose gauge and a slightly thinner yarn
Specifics/modifications: The pattern calls for DK-weight yarn, so I choose needles that were smaller, and knit the pattern as written until gradually adding rows to each color stripe to make it larger, overall. I also knit some rows in the final color before knitting the border—rather than switching colors and immediately beginning border stitches. I did not aggressively block the border on the shawl, and I'm fine with a more subtle scalloped edge.
Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!