Look, another finished thing*. It’s the Dotted Rays shawl by Westknits. As I mentioned in my knitting plans post, this was supposed to be my Christmas project. But after having to frog it twice due to me being unable to read a pattern, I had to then rip it up a third time because the needles that were in the 3.25mm packet were actually 4mms.
I ended up making quite a few minor mistakes, mostly not having enough stitches in a row, but because I’d already spent so long on it, I couldn’t face unknitting whole rows and just fudged it, increasing or decreasing at the end of the row to get to the right number of stitches. As a result of all this fudging, quite a few of the yarn over holes are not quite aligned. It’s barely noticeable towards the outer edge, but does look a bit messy in the centre, so if I make it again I will make sure I go more slowly and always retrace my steps if I end up with the wrong number of stitches.
I think in my knitting plans post I said I was going to work on Milo’s blanket at home and have this as my travelling project, but that didn’t really work out. I’ve realised I’m a one project at a time person, when I had the two I somehow ended up doing neither. I prioritised this just in time though, as I managed to finish it in time for the yarn festival. It’s the done thing to have a newly finished thing to wear for those kind of events isn’t it! This year it was all shawls everywhere (apparently last year socks were more of a thing? More difficult to show off though!).
On top of giving knitterly show offs points, this shawl is actually super wearable. I’d never been that big a fan of shawls for wearing actually, but then I’d never made a shawl taking a whole two 100g skeins before. This is actually big enough to wear as a jacket substitute, rather than like a scarf. I’ve worn it at work quite a bit!
The yarn choice helped. This is fybrespates vivacious 4ply. My needle choice was nearer the upper end (it’s a recommended 2.5-3.5mm), and the texture has ended up very light and drapey, and great for indoor wear. I am also so happy with my colour choice. I got it at be inspired yarns in Marchmont and it took me forever to decide. I had initially planned on something navy or grey for classicness, but then once I saw all the beautiful colours on offer, I got all distracted and nearly went for a red-pink thing. This green is a perfect compromise!
Outtakes from taking pictures in Portobello:
* this is another thing that’s a bit annoying about being a crafty butterfly: these are called FOs in the knitting world and makes in sewing. I don’t use either often enough for them not to sound weird. Although make is definitely better! FO reminds me of those awful abbreviations people use in parenting websites. Because DS is required cos ‘my son’ is just far too long, obviously. And what if you have more than one, they can’t both be dearest can they? Anyway, that’s a rant for another time!