I present to you another finished project! Never mind that it has been finished for months and I just never posted about it. I have this thing that I won't mark a project as finished on Ravelry until I have posted about it, so while it may show as being 100% completed, I won't add the photos or details or mark it finished until I talk a little about it here.
Brain deterioration being what it is, enough time has passed that I barely remember the knitting of this shawl.
I do remember that this yarn had been relegated to the "for sale or trade" basket of my stash, but it kept whispering to me as I walked by. It really wanted to be mine, I guess. It was cast on or consider the insanity of trying to explain hearing yarn voices to the men in the white coats, so I went with the needles. I mean really, only you all understand the yarn voices.
You do, right?
I chose the Shetland Triangle because it is one of those shawls that you can easily knit until you come close to running out of yarn, work the border chart and finish it off. I really wanted to use as much of this yarn as I could. Two things about the yarn. One, I had more of it than I thought I did and Two, it made for some scratchy knitting. I kept betting on the shawl softening upon washing and getting used to the idea that I would have a good sized shawl in the end. I was looking forward to that. Couldn't wait.
So the other main thing I remember is how I wrecked that plan. It was a good plan. The shawl was good and large when I finished knitting. All it needed was a good soak, maybe a little agitation to not really felt it, but well, you know, soften it up a little. After a nice block I'd have the shawl I envisioned.
This is where it all falls apart. Right up to the warm water soak and a little agitation. Working perfectly. Purrrfectly. Then I got distratcted and with my mind not so much in that present I took my nicely soaked and agitated shawl and rinsed it. In cold water. Hmmmm? Didn't hear that?
IN COLD WATER!!!!
Did you hear that? And that thing that happens to wool when you take it from warm water and dump it into cold happened.
All was not lost, thanks to it being huge to begin with. Now it is a perfectly reasonably sized shawl, and while not really soft, it is supremely wearable. I kind of love it. This shawl is a great shawl, but knitting it as large as I did bored the heck out of me. Of course I don't really remember that, exactly. My ravelry notes reminded me.
And not because I am pining for warm weather (because I am actually wishing we were getting the same weather our nation's capitall is getting), but to show that I took these photos a while ago. There are pictures like these taken on the same day.
2010. Twenty-one. I finished a pair of socks. Go ahead. Look at my ravelry project page. No photos, not marked finished. Until I take photos and post it here.......