Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
I so enjoyed going through partial skeins of fingering weight yarn in my stash, mulling over color combinations and trying to figure out how certain colors would look striped together. In the end, I just started knitting and chose my colors for each section as I came to it, based on what I thought the shawl needed. As a general rule, I like a slightly lower contrast shawl (overall) and I tried to balance the placement of warm-toned yarns with cool-toned yarns. And I absolutely adore the i-cord bind off, it really finished off the shawl in a beautiful way.
The finished product is incredibly wearable, as (fingering-weight) shawls often are, and I'm looking forward to wearing this with just about anything, since the colors are quite versatile. I'm very pleased with the modified medium size, and if I knit this again, I would knit this size.
On Saturday, we went to Chicago for the day to see a friend, and Nicholas held Cooper as he snapped a few quick photos of me wearing it on our way back to the car.
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: various leftovers from numerous projects, some detailed on the project page
Size: Following the notes of a few other knitters, I made a modified "medium" size. The pattern is offered in a small size (too small for my taste) and a large (much too large for my taste), so this was perfect.
Pattern: Vertices Unite by Stephen West
Needles: US 4 (the suggested size, which is rare for me)
Specifics/modifications: I altered the size to make a "medium," and strayed from my original plan for color/yarn dispersement. Also, I used German short rows, rather than the short rows included in the pattern. Otherwise, I knit this intuitively, not minding stitch counts too closely and just enjoying myself.
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.
Now that we're well into January, I'm sitting down to write and glance back at the last year. I'm not much of a resolution-maker (not fundamentally opposed, just not for me), but I do find it's healthiest for my heart and mind to reflect and then continue on into the next year. Like every single year, there are good, hard, and in-between snippets and seasons.
I did it. I hopped aboard the sourdough train. I've made exactly one loaf of sourdough in my life, once last year, just a few months before we moved across the country from Texas to Indiana. I've long been interested in fermented foods, and tried my hand at a few, namely, kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut. And sourdough has been one on the want to try again list. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?