I recently went through a complete knitting phase, spurred on by missing the yarn festival, and taking part in Fibreshare, and while this spur of enthusiasm was going on, I made this shawl for my mum for her birthday. It’s the Color Affection shawl, and I chose it to use up some old but beautiful yarn I had.
The yellow and the red were both bought at the original Edinburgh Yarn Festival in the Drill Hall in 2013, I had them left over from making the yet to be named baby cardigan (throwback super chubby and tiny Milo in that post alert) now named Yikes Stripes!, the green was bought at a destash event the EYF peeps organised a while ago. I had 60g or the yellow, 80g of the red and a full 100g of the green. As a result of this, the shawl, which is written for three full skeins, didn’t end up looking quite like the pattern picture. It’s supposed to be colour 1, then colour 1 and 2 stripes, then all three colours, and finally colour 3 on its own. Instead, I just kept going with each colour until I ran out of yarn. Worked alright I think! I probably wouldn’t quite have picked those colours as the yellow is a bit greeney and the green a bit yellowey so in places they looked almost exactly the same, but overall the colours are so pretty that a bit of lack of contrast isn’t a problem.
It was an incredibly relaxing thing to knit, being just garter stitch, perfect for watching TV with, although that does mean it gets a bit boring towards the end when the rows are really really long. It is pretty big as well, so became a sort of lap blanket as I was knitting it towards the end.
The photos were taken at Craigmillar Castle, I love the one below. I am totally thinking the picture is of me and the shawl here, but the highlight is the boys pretending to sleep in a wall.