When I first cast on, I started to have doubts about my yarn choice. The shawl was feeling stiff, and I couldn't quite see the drape that I was hoping for. Wei Siew recently posted about a similar feeling with a project that she's been working on -- she wondered if her yarn choice was ruining the joy of knitting for her project.
|Patons Classic Wool|
I carried on as I really couldn't face yet another trip to the frog pond, and I am so glad I persevered. For this shawl, I wanted to use up some stash and purposely didn't buy any additional skeins so the final measurement was purely going to be whatever I could get out of the what I had on hand. I finished with a 1x rib so I suppose this pattern is a cross between my design and the Mara Shawl.
When I finished the piece, I gave it a really nice soak in a cashmere/wool detergent that I love, and blocked it to dry. The result was fantastic -- my shawl is soft, drapey, and large enough to easily wrap around my shoulders.
I've been wearing my shawl as a light covering over my spring jacket for a bit of extra warmth as our winter is turning into spring. I love how cushy it feels and because the yarn is 100% wool, it provides just the right amount of cozy.
So there you have it: finally, a happy FO! I'm hoping to get some solid knitting time over the weekend to work on my new cardigan and hope yours includes lots of knitting, too. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.