The Doodler we talked about in the previous post consumed my entire November. I knit wedges like there was no tomorrow. I waited with anticipation every Thursday night, checking my phone for email notifications of the latest clue release. I eyeballed my yarn hoping that whatever came next would be enough to pull me through (it was).
The whole shawl used about 984 yards of fingering weight yarn. I don't think I've ever before knit that much fingering weight in one month, nor do I plan to do so in the future. I used the deep purple of Knight Bus Escape, and accent of yellow Sun on Your Face, and the Acid Peacock teal for the border. I just couldn't get this color combination out of my head. It helped that I have very good friends that know just when I need to be enabled to start a new project.
This having been my first mystery KAL, I didn't know what to expect. This being a pattern my Stephen West, I assumed I should expect the unexpected. The first clue takes you through the beautiful butterfly wing. This part makes it easy to fall in love and get obsessed fast. I used more yardage than was suggested, but I had plenty with a full skein. The second clue is a HUGE cable. I've never held that many stitches on a cable needle before and questioned weather it could be done at all. Turns out that it can and results in excessive amounts of fabulous! The third clue is the teal short-row border that I don't mind admitting was rough going. You are knitting that particular piece just shy of eternity (but the results are worth it, "what doesn't kill you..." and all that jazz).
On clue four you are finishing up your shawl by choosing from different options provided. I started to think that the teal didn't have enough connection with the purple. I decided to add a purple and yellow stripe before finishing with a teal edging. I was about 50 stitches away from the final icord cast off when I finally decided that a solid border would be more modern and more my style. So fortified with a hot cup of tea, a mini Twix, and a deep breath, I ripped back and picked back up the 580 live stitches using a 60" size 1 needle. I'm happy I did though. The stripe was fun but the solid color is more me.
The weaving in of ends did take a while, but I actually like to sit with a darning needle on a cold winter night and just weave in ends. I used to hate it but I'm so very mature now (she says with sarcasm). The teal edges were very ruffly when I was done knitting, which scared me a bit. I'm not really a ruffle girl. I like my ruffles subtle (or paired with a nice French Onion Dip). I decided to steam block this knit because I didn't think I could wait long enough for it to dry before I put it on. I only ended up using the steam for the teal border, patting it where it ruffled and stretching out the waves to show the amazing eyelet detail. It dried in no time at all.
I had such a fun time with this shawl, but I can only think of all the other colorways that would be amazing with this pattern. Here are just a few of them: