Yes, it’s Monday and that’s supposed to be sock day here in Blogville, but weird monogamous knitter me doesn’t have any sock progress to share. I finished my Olive Pink shawl on Saturday morning, blocked it that day, and yesterday took it out for a photo shoot. It was a challenge because it is so BIG.
This isn’t even the whole thing. From tip to tip, this baby is over eight feet long. I have no idea how that happened, except, you know, gauge. If you don’t count the angled ends, it’s about 70″ long, which is much closer to the pattern’s 73″ length. Also, I used less of Color B and more of Color C than the pattern said I would, and again, no idea. Whatever. That’s kind of what I love about this pattern: it works really well with “whatever”. I made some mistakes? Whatever. I added an extra two rows to that section? Whatever. I did the final border wrong for the first two rows? Whatever. It’s all good!
Because it doesn’t really matter! There are so many patterns and textures and colors that no one knows what it’s “supposed” to look like, and no one is going to look closely to try to find mistakes. And if anyone where to do that, that would be weird and I don’t really care what they think anyway.
This was a fun pattern to knit, at least for the first 75% of it. By section 16, I was getting a little tired of it, but it was fun to use so many colors and stitches. The yarn is SoLo from LoloDidIt and I really like it. It’s 100% and has a little bit of a halo, which was only a problem when I was knitting with two colors and the yarns would get wound around each other and stick together. But it’s super soft, doesn’t bleed, and blocks out beautifully.
The original pattern was a collaboration between Casapinka and Lolabean Yarn Co. and you can find it here on Ravelry. Note: I do have Classic Ravelry turned on. (Side note: I’d had NuRav on since they switched and it didn’t bother me, though Rav’s reaction, or lack thereof, to all the issues others were having bothered me a lot. This morning I turned on Classic Rav before adding the link here, and it was like a sigh of relief. I hadn’t realized how much I preferred the look of the original!)
With this done, I’m off to finish an almost-complete cowl now. Hope you’re all staying mostly well and happy!
Very beautiful shawl! I bet that took forever!
It looks great!!
Love the shawl! It seems almost like a shawl sampler with the different pattern / color sections.
I also didn’t really have much of an opinion on the NuRav, but have been starting to wonder given the lack of feedback to complaints. (To be fair, I have seen complaints that are downright hurtful, and I wouldn’t want anyone to be on the receiving end of those when they were just trying to make something pretty and new.) Out of curiosity, I switched back to Classic also, and it seems much more soothing.
Oh totally, there are people reacting in ways that are hurtful and destructive, and that sucks too. I hate the way it’s all fallen apart. I loved Rav so much, and really appreciated having one site that served all of my knitting needs. But I’m keeping an eye on some of the others that are popping up too.
I still hope that Rav can come through this stronger, the way they have with other (smaller) issues in the past. I don’t plan on leaving the site, though… for one, I don’t really want to start over with all my projects. For another, I don’t use the forums much, so it’s mostly a tracking system for me.
Yes, same here, although I also use it to find patterns and the level of searchability is one of the things I love the most.
Oh true, I do use it to find patterns a lot too. I always forget about that aspect, even though it’s one of the most important things I use it for.
It is so pretty! I love it.
It turned out so pretty! You did a beautiful job with this – love your colors!