Blocked, and ready for … well, the long-awaited emergence of Spring. Ah well, I’ve never really one to be practical about knitting timing. I usually just knit what I feel like when I feel like it, and then wear them when I get around to it. What are you gonna do? The heart wants what it wants.
This project was exactly what I was looking for when I cast on last week – it came from my drawer of quick, no-stress projects and it did its job beautifully. The pattern is Zilver by Lisa Mutch – I really can’t recommend it enough! It’s the perfect balance of mindless and clever, which I totally think is the secret to the best knitting patterns. I suspect that most knitting is done in search of that balance – wanting to achieve the knitting calm with enough interest to keep the knitter entertained or learning something new. And that’s also the secret, I think, to the most wearable handknits – something fairly simple, but with a touch of unique detail.
I knit the first two-thirds of this shawl in a day, then the last sections over about two evenings. My single problem with the project was in my yarn choice: I decided to use my own hand-dyed yarn (a fingering weight alpaca / merino blend dyed specifically for a project that didn’t work out) and only remembered that its yardage was quite short when I’d already gotten too far to turn back. Knitter’s denial made me think I might make it to the end anyway; of course, I did not. I had to skip the last stockinette section, so my shawl is smaller, and I used a similar sock yarn to do the last two rows and bind off. If you look closely, the substitute yarn is thinner and a different gray, but I really doubt it will be noticeable when I wear it.
I also bound off too tightly (rookie mistake, I really do know better!) and had a tricky time with blocking, but whatever. I was determined not to let this project get stressy in any way so I just rolled with it and, whaddya know?, it worked out fine. It’s pretty and drapey and snuggle-licious, and that’s what’s really important in life, right?