I going to start by saying sorry – this is going to be a picture heavy post. But I am just so happy with how this turned out that I can’t help myself.
Last night, I dragged myself to bed – with one row left to go. I really wanted to finish it, but I was so tired my eyes were crossing. And I didn’t think that was a good idea since the last row was the cast off row. So I finished it this morning – one week after I started it. That’s right – a shawl in 7 days. And I love it!
I have to say I was a little iffy on this the whole time I was knitting it – I was worried that it would be too loud and garish. But blocking it completely changed it and I am just so happy with how it turned out. The colors are just gorgeous and the pattern and the yarn are just so nice together.
OK, the details:
I think I did a couple of extra repeats on the pattern, but I stopped just in time – I ended up with just a little of the last skein leftover. And I must say it made a decent size shawl. The shawl fits me perfectly – and my mother is shorter and smaller than I am so it will be a little bigger on her – but hopefully not too big that it swamps her (maybe I should include a note to send it back to me if it doesn’t fit her!). I really enjoyed this pattern – I give it two thumbs up. It was a fast, but interesting knit, and I will be making it again. I can see this as a good pattern for last minute gifts – how can you beat a week?
What can I say about this yarn? I love it. The feel and sheen of it are amazing, and I loved every single minute I worked with it. It is a single ply, but strong and not splitty at all. And it blocks out beautifully, and I think the stitch definition is quite good. It is DK weight – it would probably make a gorgeous sweater (but a pricey one!). Manos colorways are gorgeous, and the silk just adds something. Manos wool is very scratchy, but the blend is so soft…sigh….love it.
I just can’t stop petting and gushing over the shawl – I am really sort of sorry that it is not for me. But I think my mother will like it, and although its a wool/silk blend, it feels so light and airy that I’m sure she’ll get some use out of it this summer (in air conditioning!).
To sum it all up – I recommend the pattern and the yarn and I’m so glad that I decided to make her a Mother’s Day gift. And if you haven’t made your Mom something recently – this is a good one to do!
Have a great weekend!