You may remember that I recently finished a fabulous rainbow shawl called Rock Candy Mountain. And if you remember that, you may also remember that I wanted to knit a purple version. Getting the yarn for that was my primary goal at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, and I’m happy to report that I was successful, with much credit given to my knitters who helped me pick colors!
I was so excited that I got started while we were in Wisconsin, and I got the first wedge done. But the Leading Men had to be ordered so I set this project aside while I waited for it. Now it’s here and the yarn is all wound and I am ready to GO … as soon as I finish this one quick hat, I mean.
I bound off my Rock Candy Mountain shawl last night, wove in the ends and everything like a good little knitter, and I’m obsessed with this shawl.
Knitting this was so addictive — each stripe had short rows so they got shorter and faster, which made me want to keep knitting to get to the next color. I love the i-cord edging. I love the squishiness of the garter stitch. It’s just all so good.
I did make a couple of modifications. The blue I had wasn’t a full skein, so to make sure I had enough, I did an extra stitch between each wrap & turn, which made the stripes a little narrower. I also went down two needle sizes, from the suggested 8 to a 6. That was partly to try to conserve yarn, but also to make the garter stitch thicker and squishier. It worked! Maybe even too much. The final product wasn’t quite as long as I was hoping.
It has now been soaked and pinned out as long as a I could stretch it, while still preserving the squish in the depth, and I think it might end up pretty close to perfect. We’ll see. I definitely want to make this pattern again — without modifications — but in shades of purple. Wouldn’t that be cool, to go from the palest lavender to the deepest violet? I’m headed to a Sheep & Wool festival next month and that’s definitely at the top of my wish list!
I have finished my Riprap top! Hooray! It has been washed and blocked and waiting to be shared another day, once I’m able to get decent photos of the completely-finished sweater. And now that it’s done, I’ve moved on to the other bigger project I’ve been obsessed with lately: the Rock Candy Mountain shawl. I came across this on Instagram and immediately began stash-diving. I didn’t want to just make the pattern, I wanted to make THIS shawl, exactly as she did. (I could only find a ravelry link.)
My stash dive yielded five of the seven colors, and Sarah from Mildly Granola generously offered a skein of reddish-orange from her stash. After that, I had superwash wool in gray, pink, and turquoise, and silk in green and purple. The pattern calls for either DK or fingering weight held double, and I had a mixture. The green silk I had was either a heavy fingering or a light DK but I figured it would be okay. I searched destash yarns on Etsy and soon I had a yellow wool fingering to complete the set and I was off to the races!
Everything went swimmingly until I got to the green. It was indeed lighter weight than the previous colors, which visibly affected the gauge. The silk also felt different than the wool, which I’d expected but didn’t think I would mind. I minded. Luckily for me, this was my main travel project when the husband and I went to Omaha, and among my trips to yarn stores I managed to find a good replacement yarn! I bought the same yarn in purple, since experience had already told me I wouldn’t want to use the purple silk I’d pulled from my stash.
Only two colors left and I can’t imagine they’ll take too long. It’s not exactly the stashbuster I’d planned, since I ended up buying three of the seven colors, but it cleared out four skeins and I sure love it. It’s going to be HUGE and squishy and cozy!