Saturday, March 17, 2012

Finished Object: Chinook

I got the Chinook (my rav link) as a kit from Knit Picks a while ago (actually, I got two, one in each colorway) and for whatever reason didn't knit it, even though I absolutely adore it.

It was a fairly quick knit, less than two weeks, even with some pretty huge breaks due to exhaustion. Easy, although there were some typos on the pattern which caused confusion. The finished product is HUGE, easily wraps fully around my body, and hangs down to my butt.

I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to keep it, as I already have a crap-ton (totally technical term) of shawls and one of my coworkers, who is moving to France next week, fell madly in love with it. It may be hers. I haven't decided yet. Many other people have also fallen in love with it. For now, I'm wearing it, and have no plans to take it off.

What do all you other knitters out there do with all your shawls?

Anyway, I think KP is still selling the pattern, and I've seen some gorgeous versions with other yarns out there.

Pattern: Chinook (rav pattern page)
Yarn: KP lace weight, various, held double throughout.
Needle: US 8 (5mm)

In other news, my Vermont Shawl from the last post did not hold its blocking AT ALL, and the maple leaves shrunk from my hand sized down to about Georgia's hand size. It went from being a fairly large shawl to a shawlette. I'm not sure what to make of this, as I wet blocked that sucker, pinned it out completely, and it is 100% merino wool. Go figure. Also, it is very hard to photograph. I tried again today. FAIL.

Friday, March 2, 2012

New FO: Happy Yellow

Here's my Happy Yellow (Rav link) shawl. I finished on Leap Day, and it's my one FO for February. However, it's a doozy.

Pattern: Vermont Shawl
Yarn: madelinetosh prairie in chamomile
Needle: US 6 (4mm)

The middle picture is closest in color to the actual.

And it's a crappy gray day, so I couldn't get enough contrast in my colors to get a good shot of the pattern, which is gorgeous. I'll try to photograph again in the near future.

The procedure yesterday went well. I'm fine, but in a little pain, however, it is manageable. I'll get final pathology results back next week, and will put up an update.