Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Uncommonly Fierce Affection

My color affection shawl is finally done!!! The modifications I made were to knit it with sport weight yarn on size US 7 needles, to do a YO before each RS row in the second and third sections that I later dropped when I came back to it (this prevented a tight edge), and I think I did more short rows than required since the pattern only says to do 9  more sets but doesn't really mention whether all of the stitches should be worked so I just kept going until nearly all of them were done.


4.5 months is actually crazy good turnaround time for me for finishing a shawl, especially one this large. Its final dimensions were 91" wide along top edge and about 21" deep. Honestly, this thing is gigantic. It's almost more of an extremely long/wide scarf or stole than it is a shawl, but whatever you want to call it, it's pretty unique.


I just laid it flat to dry for blocking, I didn't try to pin it out anywhere. It took nearly all of 3 skeins of yarn. I used The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga undyed for the MC, Common Emerald Moth for CC1, and Fierce Snake for CC2. I dig this color combo so much. I actually have another skein of the CC1 and CC2 colorways so I will probably make coordinating colorwork mitts or a hat at some point.


There are lots of different ways to wear this and I'm still trying to figure out my favorite:



We've got the classic over the shoulders look, the newly-invented waving madly like it's a magical voodoo cape pose, the elegantly draped across the front and over one shoulder method, or the funky scarf-style... how to choose?


All told, I enjoyed this pattern and it goes more quickly than expected, but I am certainly glad it's finished. Those edging rows had over 400 stitches in them and took me about 30 minutes to knit each one. But damn, I do love finishing things! Bring on the next WIP, woohoo!

14 comments:

  1. Congrats! Beautiful work! woohoo indeed!

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  2. Oh just look at you! The joy at finally finishing that project definitely shows. I actually had no idea it was that big, in the photos it always looked more shawlette sized. It is even more gorgeous than I imagined! But then again, you know how much I love this project. Congrats!

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    1. haha things did get a bit silly, thanks! It is quite large.

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  3. Congratulations, love the colors! And it looks great on you any way you wear it. I keep meaning to make an Affection of my own, but I just can't commit to the colors, as if I would never be allowed to make it twice!

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    1. Thank you! I swatched a bit before I chose my favorite combo, it really helped. I think that's the reason why so many people have knit it twice!

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  4. That color combination is great! And I'm all for the scarf styling. Maybe I'll have to make myself one. I gave away a bunch of shawls because I had no idea how to wear them.

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    1. I've come to really love shawls, but the scarf style is a bit more "hip".

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  5. Utterly gorgeous, well done on finishing it!! I like the scarf styling :)

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  6. Beautiful! Love it! You finished first- I still have another inch of the border to go- seeing yours finished is sooooooo inspiring.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I can't believe you're halfway through the edging already!! Super speedy! Can't wait to see yours.

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  7. Simply amazing and stunning! I am in aww of your patience with this project. It's just lovely!

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  8. I said I won't knit another color Affection, but I wear mine so much. I may have to knit another one! I like your color selection...

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