Well this post has been a long time coming! But, I’ve finally woven in the ends and blocked my Find Your Fade!
As you can see, it’s GIGANTIC … and I love it!
I mean, it’s really massive….
One might say even a little unwieldy …
But it’s all the better to snuggle in for it:
I started this shawl literally as we drove out of Los Angeles on the last Saturday in July. In our mad dash to move out, I hadn’t even had time to wind the yarn!
It was the perfect project for our cross country adventure — the color changes and bits of lace kept it interesting, but simple and easy knitting, with minimal pattern consulting necessary (key if you get car sick!) And, if you squint, I think the color progression, from the sunny yellow start to the deep teal green, sort of represents the changes in landscape we witnessed from sun-bathed LA, to deserts, to the Grand Canyon and red rocks of southern Utah, the plains of the midwest, and the summer greens of the Appalachians.
Despite some second guesses that happened along the way — in the end, I purchased three skeins on the road, none of which ended up in the finished shawl — I knitted this completely from stash, with one exception. Most of the yarns are tied to a special place or memory: from the Lime and Violet yellow yarn that starts the shawl, one of the first handdyed skeins I remember buying, to that bright, lime green I bought from Neighborhood Fiber Co. in Baltimore when I still lived there, to the skein of Arcaunia wool that I remember purchasing with my mom on a trip to one of our local yarn shops at home many years ago, to the teal that finished the shawl off — the remnants of a special skein that Mr. N bought me from New Zealand, which I’d used for my Droving Socks. The only new yarn in the bunch is that light gray with speckles — bought from the lovely Gather DTLA from Long Dog Yarn during her trunk show — but I was glad to incorporate a piece of California into a shawl that began its life there! (Full details on each skein are over on my Ravelry project page.)
I got maybe two thirds of this knit done during our road trip — and I love that the memory of each color is tied to the places we saw! Then, when my visa didn’t arrive in time, I continued knitting on this while I waited — I think it’ll be many months more before I can look at that neon green section and not think of the hours I spent on the phone, repeatedly changing my plane tickets to Britain. I stood knitting on the shawl in lines at the airport when it was finally time for me to fly over to join Mr. N here — and I suppose I finished it amid the craziness of my first days and weeks in the UK– though between the jet lag and the hubbub of finding a place to live, I hardly remember doing it! But I know it was done before we moved into our little house, and its sat patiently in the WIP basket by the couch, waiting to have its end woven in and for a good blocking.
I imagine I’ll spend as much time wrapped up in this on the couch as I will wearing it out — and that’s just fine with me — though I’m sure when I do wear it out, it’ll brighten a grey winter day! I love it, but between this and my Starting Point, I think I have enough fingering weight ginormous shawls to last me for quite awhile …
I love that I’ll have this shawl to remember a very special trip — isn’t it funny how our projects can be imbued with such meaning? I am a bit annoyed with myself though, that I did so much second guessing about colors and bought some yarn I really didn’t need. Both gorgeous skeins bought from lovely shops … that deserve to be knit with, rather than thrown in my stash heap! So I thought I’d try something I haven’t done before a…
The cake on the right is some gorgeous Dream in Color Jilly in the colorway Anything Goes. It’s a nice 100% superwash merino single ply — I love all the beautiful, complex autumnal colors it contains! The greeny blue one is Shalimar Yarns Breathless yarn – 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk in the color Lean on Me. It is just a very few yards short of a full ball as I knit a a couple of rows of my shawl from it — I was worried I didn’t have enough teal, so I tried to stretch it with the Shalimar (ultimately, I would have been fine without it, but no matter!) I love that together they even look a bit Christmas-y!
Anyway, it’s all very simple, if you’d like one of these beauties to come live with you, just leave a comment here and tell me which one you’d like (I’ll ship it anywhere)! If you’d like, you can also tell me about a particularly memorable project you’ve made, or what you’d do with the yarn if you win, but it’s not required. On December 8, I’ll make up two baskets of names, one for each yarn, draw a name, and contact you by email to arrange mailing the yarn to you (so make sure to include a current email address where it asks for it in the comments!)
Hope your week is off to a good start!