Friday night I finally cast off the last stitch and Cleite was finally done…
Yesterday, I soaked it and blocked it out on my bed – it was too big for my normal place on the floor in the hall. I must say – although this got to be a little tedious to knit, it turned out very well…(Please excuse the hair – I hadn’t showered yet – and my normal model is at a friend’s sleeping over and I was too excited to take pictures to wait for either a shower or for her to get home!)
It really is a big shawl – and this is without one repeat of the pattern! I am really happy, though with the size – I think this is the biggest shawl I’ve done so far and it just feels good on the sizing – not too small, and big enough to really be able to wrap it around me easily.
As I’ve mentioned, I like the pattern and think it is very different than the shawls I’ve made so far. It did get a little boring towards the final repeats – it is the same 24 row repeat all the way through – and within that repeat I think at least 8 of the rows are the exact same pattern (not counting the wrong side which is just knit/purl) – for the most part I didn’t really need to look at the chart except at the beginning of the row to make sure I was where I thought I was. I’d recommend the pattern simply because the results are worth it – and I think it would actually make a good beginner shawl. Miriam is an amazing designer – I have several of her designs in my queue to make. But I do think I need to try a shawl that has various patterns throughout next time. I got a little bored with this so it was hard to choose this over sleep on the train.
The yarn – wow. I love this yarn. There is something about it – I loved the way it feels – sort of a soft crunchiness. The colors are gorgeous too. There is a subtle variation in this colorway – not enough to obscure the pattern, but just enough to give it depth and interest. The very first picture reflects the colorway the closest. I do love Kim’s yarn – obviously liked it enough to ask for more for my birthday! I’ve been looking at her sock yarn lately – her colorways are just so pretty…
Overall, I’m really pleased with the shawl. I think its going to be a nice addition to my shawl collection. I do think that I’m ready to take a break from shawls for a bit – I think I’ve been making them non-stop since the spring. Maybe I’ll focus on socks and sweaters until after the holidays (and I’ll stick with that until I look at my laceweight stash and see something I want to use!)
Its been a nice weekend here – I got to work from home on Friday (yea!) so I had a productive work day and yet was home early so I could start the weekend early. Yesterday I got my hair done (you wouldn’t know it from the pictures!) and then Larry and I ran errands. We are painting the kids bathroom – prep for family visits for Thanksgiving. I didn’t know the color so I thought I’d start with a shower curtain – we found one we liked so we’ll be painting the walls a very nice shade of teal blue. Last night we made an amazing pasta dish with some of the roasted tomatoes from the garden last summer – so good! Today Cieara and I are going to my sister’s house – my sister is teaching Cieara how to quilt. I’ll sit and watch and knit. Just a nice relaxing day – a great way to end a nice weekend.
Have a great Sunday!