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4. January 2010 11:00
by Jobo

Finished "198 yds of Heaven" Handspun Shawl

4. January 2010 11:00 by Jobo | 22 Comments

It sure didn't take long once I had started to finish up this quick knit shawl... I like to refer to it as my "Survival Knitting"

Knitting gifts is fun in it's own way.  I really enjoy choosing special patterns, and then hunting for the perfect yarns and trying to create gifts that the recipients will adore and find very useful... but the knitting itself can be a lot of work.  I am a pretty fickle knitter, and generally flit from one project to the next, finishing and starting things with gusto, but not in any particular order.  So for me, finishing projects on a schedule can be a bit of a chore.  This year in particular, I let my holiday gift knitting get a little behind calendar-wise, so I had to really push myself coming on the end.

This shawl, on the otherhand, was a purely selfish and fun knit.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it when it was completed... I wasn't even sure if I had enough yarn to finish the shawl in the first place!  Working on it was frivolous and fun, which is exactly what a knitter needs after a few months of forced creativity :)  I had a hard time this year getting into the holiday spirit and was really dreading the shopping, wrapping and decorating.  The stolen moments working on this shawl were really a godsend, and helped me keep my cool when I was feeling overwhelmed by the tasks at hand.  And then, when all of the chores were finished and the fun part of the holiday finally began, working on the shawl helped me to pass the time waiting to go out visiting and passing out gifts, and then it came with me for numerous turkey dinners and snuggled with me on the couch well into the evening on Christmas Day.  I'm rather in love with it, I must say!

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Here she is, laying on the beautiful muslin quilt my Mom made us as a wedding gift!  I was afraid that the shawl wouldn't be big enough in the end, especially since the finished wingspan was only about 36 inches... but we all know that blocking is magic sometimes, so I was holding out for some major stretching.  I figured that if it didn't grow enough, worst case scenario I could give it away to someone who had a small child (wouldn't any little girl like blue and green butterfly wings to play with and wrap around her?  heck... I'm a BIG girl and I still want it to be big enough so I can play with it!)

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I think I am getting more efficient at blocking with the wires now... it didn't take near as long as it usually does for me to soak, lay out the finished piece, thread in the wires, and pin them out on the spare bed.  I think my favorite part is always the bottom point of any scalloped shawl... pretty little point :)

198 yards blocking

As you can see in the picture (as the shawl is pinned out on a queen sized bed...)  the growing process was satisfactory and the finished wingspan is more like 48 inches... which wraps nicely around my shoulders.  The silk blend is very smooth, perfect for an item that might be worn draped around shoulders or around my neck.  I am very pleased with the blended greens and blues and the way they flow into each other.  The shawl was finally dry on Christmas Morning, and I wove in the ends just in time to wear it out on Christmas day for the festivities.  Lately it seems I get a chill quite easily, so I wore it all day either over the shoulders or tousled around my neck.  I'm not sure how fashionable this stuff is considered now, but it is certainly comfortable and utilitarian.

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So here are some final finished shots:  Sorry it took so long to post the finishing ;)



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