Campside Shawl

Phew! That was A LOT of yarn overs. I love this shawl but if I knit it again, I'm getting needle sharp tipped circs (perhaps in this Signature Needle Stilletto circular set I've been dreaming of...) because it is not pleasant to *k2tog, k1, rep* for 300+ stitches every other row. Not my idea of pleasant, anyway; after ten years of working at my LYS, if there's one thing I know, it's this: different strokes for different folks. I'm sure there's some knitter out who LOVES continuous k2togs, but not this knitter. Not I, rabbi.

I used Malabrigo Rios in Jupiter (which you may remember from this post) for this shawl and I think it turned out pretty awesome. The first skein I used was a bit lighter than the others, I never bother alternating hand dyes for accessories because I simply don't care enough. Garments, yes. Everything else, no. I kind of love the organic, often gradating, effect that comes with uniquely dyed yarns. I can't tell you the number of customers I had over the years at my LYS that were simply haunted if hand dyes or self-striping yarns didn't come out perfectly symmetrical or even or whatever. I remember one woman in particular wanted to make socks out of Noro Silk Garden Sock, of which she had two balls. She ripped into one ball until the patterning started at the same place as her other ball just so her socks would match up and then ended up having to buy a third skein to end them on the same color change. I basically told her that though I respected her, I thought she was nuts. Isn't that the beauty of a hand-knit object, the imperfection? Don't get me wrong, I take pride in expert craftsmanship but I like to indulge in the surprises too. I love surprises.

You can see a little better what I'm talking about here, the top triangle is a little lighter than the rest. But, still beautiful, no? A pleasant surprise indeed.

Another bitter-sweet surprise: I finished this shawl just in time for unusually warm Kansas City weather, naturally. I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this guy this season but it'll be handy next fall for sure.

And now, I'll leave you with a photo of Jarvis who is certainly enjoying the warm weather:

P.S. I made the dress I'm wearing in these photos! If any sewers out there are curious about the pattern it's Laurel by Colette :)