beyond beginnings

The shawl has been going much faster than expected! Here’s how things looked this afternoon. You’re getting a photo with our garden table and chairs to give you an idea of the size.

(And also, yes, the house I’ve moved in to has a lush green private garden, which is absolutely awesome, even if it starts raining every time the minute I decide to go sit in it.)

Actually, the shawl is probably even bigger than the photo has you believe. The problem is that it’s one big blob at the moment.

All the stitches still fit on my needle, but there’s way too many of them to be able to spread the thing out properly. So I guess we’ll only know how big it is when I’m done. Since this was a sort of test, to see if I am even capable of knitting a shawl, I am making the small size of the pattern, but I think it’ll still be big enough to drape lightly around the neck.

As for the colour, I love it, but I’m not sure it fits into my wardrobe at all… So I might have to think of someone to gift this to. Shouldn’t be too hard to find some willing candidates. :)

Pattern: Whippoorwill by Carina Spencer

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colourway Impressionist Sky (806)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

20 thoughts on “beyond beginnings

  1. Lovely! I was just thinking how lovely that colourway was….. then I read that it was Impressionist sky and I just so happen to have a skein of that in my stash ;) Great minds!

    • Yes… :) There was one point where I thought it would be too stripey (after seeing several projects on Rav), but then I thought – I’m never going to wear the shawl all spread out anyway!

  2. Once I got a pashmina shawl in a very similar color, and I doubted too that I could get a good use of it. But with time it became one of my favorites because it goes very well with black, white, beige, other shades of blue, even with some shades of purple, besides it somehow makes my outfits more vivid. I think you will love this shawl, it’s already pretty.
    The first photo made me daydream. I would knit a huge shawl to wrap myself in chilly mornings and drink the first coffee of the day sitting next to that table (maybe with a laptop to read knitting blogs and browse the news on the net).

  3. Boja mi se mnogo dopada:) Uvek moze sa necim da se iskombinuje…

    Jos nisam isplela nijedan sal…Juce sam pretrazivala salove i dosla do zakljucka da mi se mnogo vise dopadaju oni klasicni salovi- ravni, ne trouglasti…Mada, ovi trouglasti su bas izazovni za pletenje:) U pravu si, uvek imamo kome da poklonimo ono sto napravimo:)

  4. Don’t tell me you’re not using lifelines?! I would have died a million small deaths, every time a stitch threatened to slip! I use two lifelines on every lace project! (paranoid, I know, but I’ve got my reasons ;) )

    The colour is fabulous, and I mean, fabulous!

    I sometimes can’t wait to see what it will look like so, after I’ve threaded in a lifeline, I slip the whole lot off the needles and spread it out. But then, what a boring task to put it all back!

    The downside of knitting a shawl is that the more you knit, the slower your progress :( But the joy when you pin it down to block… oh, I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms, must knit a shawl soon!!!

    • It’s not really lace, mostly stockinette with a few eyelet rows… There were a few occasions where weird things happened with my stitches, but I was surprisingly unconcerned by them, I simply invented a solution and went on :)

      But what ARE lifelines exactly? I’ve heard of them many times but don’t really get how they work…

  5. Ako zelis da vidis koliki je sal sada ….. ako imas jos jedne igle istog precnika, mozes pola petlji prebaciti na nju, i onda plesti sa parom :)
    A ako nemas …. mogu posluziti i manje igle, ali samo za prebacivanje i gledanje, naravno.

    • Da, mogla bih… To obicno napravim kad se radi o dzemperu, da ga mogu isprobati, ali iskreno za ovo sam prelijena :) Ipak tu velicina nije toliko bitna :)

  6. I also love that color and… I happen to have a skein of this exact same yarn that I won a few months ago! Way to go, you are definitely excellent at knitting shawls ;-)

  7. that’s why the grass it’s so green at the end of summer: it rains a lot! Can’t have both, the green grass and the sunshine :)
    I too love the color of your shawl – for springtime?

  8. I just finished a shawl, Boneyard by Stephen West and when I wanted to take photos, I worked with a second circular needle. I am not sure if I can explain but I knit to about 20″, (using a 26″ size 8 circular needle) and then knit the next 20″ onto another (size 8) circular needle. At the time of taking initial pictures, this worked, but your shawl seems larger, it might not work. Another option is using a thread or lightweight yarn as a life line.

    • Thanks for the advice! I know that method from before, usually use it when I want to try on sweaters, but I was too lazy to do it for a shawl :D In the end the size doesn’t matter as much ;) In any case I’ve started binding off so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to take proper photos soon, yaaay! :)

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