Right, then. I finished the KAL shawls and here--with no ado at all-- they are:
The lighter blue is the fingering weight shawl in Tosh Sock. It is very springy and squooshy and will be a pleasure to wear around the neck, although not one that I will personally experience because it is a gift and I'm giving it away. Though maybe not right this minute.
The darker blue is made from Dream in Color Baby, which is more of a lace-almost-fingering-weight. The shawl is not quite as squooshy, but is quite a bit bigger and drapes just right around the neck. I know because I do get to keep this one and I took it out for a test run this morning when I took the boys out for pancakes before school. Can you see where this is going? Not to worry, though: I think the yarn --or maybe the pattern itself-- has magical food repelling properties. It is true that I ordered my usual blueberry pancakes and also that I doused them in syrup. But when my fork slipped mid-cut--as anyone could have predicted it would-- the spattered syrup landed everywhere except the shawl. This means that I will be washing three coats and my fleece sweatshirt (and that small children were inexplicably drawn to me this morning), but I will not have to wash and re-block my shawl. Flying syrup notwithstanding, it was so worth wearing the shawl to breakfast; the waitress caught sight of it and gushed over it in just the right way. I gave her an extra good tip for being able to ignore the dripping syrup and focus on what was really important.
Both shawls are just a smidge smaller than the pattern called for. I was worried about running out of yarn and all of my obsessive weighing and recalculation failed to prove that there was no need to worry, so I eliminated the last few short rows to make sure I had enough yarn to knit the final bead section around the top. In the dark blue shawl, I also decided to do beads instead of nupps with the short rows and I'm not sorry. I like the extra bling and the way the beads click against each other and I was getting pretty weary of nupping.
I had planned to spend most of my time off cleaning out the basement, but the job is overwhelming and I haven't made much progress. Instead, the knitting frenzy continues with a quick Abernathy sweater for Matty:
|Abernathy Sweater for Matty|
|Detail of the cable, which looks a little funky to me, |
even though I'm sure I followed the pattern.