Back in May I posted about my trip to Verb for Keeping warm as part of the Stop Procrastinating Challenge (which I'm still doing by the way procrastinating blogging about). I mentioned that I'd bought some yarn to start making the Colour Affection shawl, well I finished it last night.
I knew it would be a long and not complex project, it's 99% garter stitch with only increases and short rows. The goal was to keep it as my mindless project and work on it gradually, which I did up until the end when I decided I wanted to finish and stayed up late to do it.
It looks great, I wasn't sure about the green when I added it but I really like it now I think it looks great in combination. I'm really proud of how it turned out but man I need something complicated to work on now I have been meaning to make the Smaug socks in time for The Hobbit movie so I think that's next. In addition to my Christmas knitting.
For those of you wanting to do it I have some tips:
- Knit a little swatch with your colours in combination, I didn't and I wish I did. By the time I added the 3rd colour I had a mini freak out about how it looked.
- Take your time, if you try to finish this by a set date you will go crazy, it is just knitting. Some increases and wrap stitches but nothing to keep your mind busy. By the end you will have over 400 stitches each row to get through. Keep this as your complicated movie or hanging out pattern.
- The short rows don't go all the way to the end. They stop about 100 stitches from the end. It might be obvious to you but it confused the hell out of me.