Pattern: This started out as a Wool Peddler shawl, by Cheryl Oberle. I got a dozen rows into the lace section and hated how it looked in this yarn. I ripped it back and just knitted many more rows of garter stitch.
The border is a ruffle, when the shawl was “big enough”, I increased every third stitch (knit 2, increase one) across the row. then I knit more garter stitch, and then did a bind off.
It's not blocked yet since I'm not home, but I think this will be a nice snuggly shawl. Sweetpea certainly likes it.
Yarn: Sirdar Balmoral, color Corgi. Yes, that's why I bought it.
Needles: 4.00 mm Holz & Stein ebony circulars
Started/Finished: Started 10/11/16 Finished 6/25/17.
Modifications: See above
What I Learned: Don't keep knitting if it isn't working. And don't dump yarn that isn't working. I bought enough of this for a sweater, but it has enough alpaca in it that a sweater would be much too warm for me where I live. Also, despite the color name, it really isn't my favorite color. A whole sweater of this would be a bit blah. I had it in the box to go to charity, and pulled it back out to do this, since it really is very nice yarn. I have enough leftover for another medium project, perhaps it would make nice hats to put in the charity box at church.
So now I need another mindless-but-not-a-sock project. I'm thinking of starting another Hitchhiker-like shawl, since I've got tons of sock yarn that would work. The other three shawls in Martina Behm's Hitchhiker series have been on my to-do list forever, so perhaps one of those.
Here is my Winter Solstice shawl.
I have been in Minnesota for a big family reunion since late last week. Great big fun was had by all. We stayed at a lake resort in Minnesota, and had a pretty big bunch that showed up. My generation had 25 cousins, with all but 6 of us still living. About half of the cousins made it, plus spouses/partners, children, and grandchildren. Here's a group shot:
And me with Fritz. He was the youngest family member present.
And one with my sisters and Dave, Fritz's dad: