August 11, 2010

Number 6

My commitment to 10 Shawls in 2010 is in crunch time.  Now I have to make one shawl per month since I just posted shawl #6 yesterday and there's only a little more than 4 months left in the year.  Can you believe it?!  I'm totally not going to get to holiday knitting any time soon!

So, I had three skeins of Misti Alpaca laceweight yarn in a deep plum color (only used 1 1/2 skeins), US #4 needles and the Fountain Pen Shawl pattern.  Honestly, the yarn was so dark that the only thought I had while knitting this shawl was who I can give it to.  Not everyone appreciates dark colors, or shawls for that matter.  I wracked my brain and still no one came to mind.

The true color of this yarn didn't show up until it was washed and blocked.  It wasn't nearly as dark as I thought:

It was oh my gosh light, airy and soft as butter - softer, and I knew that the only person who would love it like the sweet baby it is is ME!  I love it and I'm keeping it!

The true color showed up wonderfully and, surprisingly, I didn't make one mistake.  I can tell you that Miss Kitty and I got into an almost tug of war over it.  She dug her claws in and it turned into a Mexican standoff, both of us staring into each other's eyes waiting to see who would give in first.  She didn't pull and neither did I.  All I can say is that I won, and no one should ever have to have a stare down with a cat.

So I'm one shawl richer, and I'm happy about it.  Yay!

Now I've got only a few weeks to come up with another pattern, knit it up and post it.  While I'm doing that, I have to make some children's socks for charity and finish some socks I started for myself and never got back to.

Let the stash busting continue.


  1. What a beautiful shawl. I love the muted color. Congratulations!

  2. I'm so glad that you are finally keeping one of your gorgeous shawls!

  3. It's beautiful. I wish I wasn't so afraid to take a challenge like that. I'm two rows to completion on the multnomah shawl. I can't believe it! You've inspired me to finish this project. The yarn was a gift and I can't remember the last time I have finished a project, let alone for me! I'll show you the finished shawl next week in knitting class.

  4. So pretty! I love the before color, but the after is beautiful too! And the best part? You're KEEPING IT FOR YOURSELF! Congrats. And keep knitting...especially for yourself! Can't wait to see you in a week!