Although it's been finished for a few weeks now, I'm just now making time to write a blog post on this larger knitting project. A few months ago, I craved a colorplay project, namely one that used smaller amounts of several colors. The original sample only calls for four colors, but I'd seen several versions worked up with a main color alongside several min skeins of fingering weight yarn, and I loved the variety with more colors. I chose several colors, mostly in the family of magenta, blush, mauve, etc. along with a few outliers of dark grey and light blue, and a beige.
The pattern was enjoyable with large sections of garter, eyelets, or brioche. And I knew the shape would be quite wearable, as I love to wear (especially lightweight) crescent shaped shawls wrapped like scarves.
My progress slowed toward the end as the rows grew longer and Summer Sock Camp drew me away with fun sock projects. But I can't seem to set down projects indefinitely (thankfully) so I did get around to finishing it, and I'm so glad I did.
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: several smaller amounts of sock weight yarn from stash. Main color used throughout is a tweed sock weight yarn (mauve, although I can't recall the exact shade) from Sweet Sparrow Yarns
Size: one size
Pattern: Color Craze Shawl by Tamy Gore
Needles: US 3, sized down two needle sizes to account for my loose tension gauge, plus I don't care for an overly drapey fabric
Specifics/modifications: Adding additional contrast colors, smaller needles, added picot edge for bind off for a little visual interest (I've seen other people knit versions with this technique, and I wanted to try it for the first time).
Thank you to my SIL, Katelyn, for taking some photos of the shawl when we went downtown for a coffee date. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I love having pictures so that it finally, truly, feels finished.
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.