Thursday, October 07, 2010

Rescuing an Orphan

It all started when our MadTosh shipment came in to the store. There was this purple-ey green colorway that I really loved, but one of our customers snatched up seven of the eight available skeins. (which was fine. I'd just finished a MadTosh sweater. I didn't need another one)

But I couldn’t let that sad little orphan sit all alone in the store.

So I decided to knit a Daybreak shawl.

DaybreakStart.jpg

I like Stephen West’s shawls because they aren’t lace. I had a decent idea of the blocked shape, but since I couldn’t really find a picture that showed off the crescent, here’s a semi-crappy shot of the shawl, flat, in its natural state after blocking.

DaybreakFlat.jpg

When it’s worn, it’s very easy to tie the thin corners in lieu of a shawl pin and it sits nicely on my shoulders. Yeah, I didn’t manage to get a modeled shot. You’ll get over it.

There were a few minor hiccups (reading comprehension errors, the pattern is/was fine) as I embarked upon the two-color section. But I decided I didn’t care and soldiered on.

DaybreakCenter.jpg

If you’re really sharp, you can see those “hiccups” down the center spine. The lavender blended perfectly with the green. At times I thought it blended too perfectly. I kept hoping to catch a really dark chunk of green on a stitch that would be slipped the next time through. That almost never happened.

DaybreakSpine.jpg

The lone swear-inducing moment of knitting this shawl happened in the border section. I was knitting the small size with DK-weight yarn, and I knew this was a distinct possibility. It's why I chose the color placement that I did. But I was still peeved as all get out when I ran out of yarn roughly three rows away from bind-off. Too far away to just quit and bind off. But if I was going to purchase a second skein of Logwood, hell if I was going to bind off immediately after the fifth purl ridge. So I kept going until I knew I could go no farther without dipping into yet another skein. I’m glad I did it that way. So this shawl has a much larger outer border than “normal.”

DaybreakBorder.jpg

Blocking-wise, I did my best to get a non-pointy smooth edge. But I only had so many pins in the house. I think it turned out just fine and will be comfy to wear.

DaybreakFence.jpg

Daybreak Shawl

Pattern: Daybreak by Stephen West
Yarn: MadelineTosh, Tosh DK
Colorways: Lichen and Logwood
Yardage: Golf ball-sized chunk of Lichen left over from the single available skein. Just scraps left over from the two skeins of Logwood.
Needles: US 8 KnitPicks Options
Started: 18 August 2010
Finished: 10 September 2010
Mods: Extended border to eat up the non-optional second skein of yarn. Used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

7 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

Oooh gorgeous! The colors really work well together. But I have to call bullshit on the whole "But I only had so many pins in the house." statement. You're a quilter. I'm sure you have pins galore!

Jen said...

I like your mod of using up the second ball of Madtosh on the edge. I think it balances the shawl better than the original design.

Donna Lee said...

It doesn't even show that you added rows. It does balance out the other section well. The colors are gorgeous. I'd never think of green and purple together like that. It looks like a lilac bush.

Jenn said...

I'm with everyone else, I think that the extra rows balance the pattern out really well.

SJ said...

I really like how this turned out! Looks like it'll be super cozy to wrap around you on chilly days.

Zonda said...

Um..hehe..no pins? You must use special pins ;) Love the 2 colors together! One shawl I'll most likely never knit..STJ about killed me, I need a wee bit o'lace. ;)

Jenn said...

That's lovely!