I finished this shawl before 8 am Sunday May 5, 2019. Since I began this shawl April 16th, this is pretty good. Completely unblocked it looks like the shawl is about 24 inches wide. I am hoping that the phrase, “Oh, that’ll block right out” is true. The center puckers, the edges don’t want to lay flat, the lacy bits don’t show up very well. Aargh! So, I am going to throw this in the wash when I get home with some other stuff (the way I think my sibling will…) Hmm….I don’t want my sibling washing this. They will not know how to block it….I’ll tell them if they don’t get it dirty it doesn’t need washed. If they do I’ll pay the postage send it home and I’ll clean it. A little fussy, but it’ll work. Okay, that being said, I’m going to throw it in with some wool wash and lukewarm water to give it an initial wash. Then I’ll block it aggressively and hope that it stretches to about 40″. I originally wanted the shawl to be about 60″ (my wingspan) but this will have to do. Perhaps my next will be a different size.
I very much enjoyed knitting this Pi Shawl, though I believe that one skein of fingering weight yarn is probably too little yarn for a shawl with this much straight stockinette stitching. Should the shawl have more lace elements, and therefore more holes making the yarn stretch further, then this might have been enough yarn. Given that information I believe that I will buy sock yarn in pairs of skeins from here on out so that I have the opportunity to make two pairs of socks or a really rocking shawl. I will also test this theory by taking one of the single skeins of sock/fingering yarn I have and trying out a half pi shawl. If my (pretty bad) math is accurate, this means that I should be able to get to the…Okay so I tried to draw this out and write it out to figure things out, then I had to admit I cannot. If I were to knit along with my patterning then I would stand a chance, but just sitting here and trying to imagine it, not going to happen. Due to this, I believe that I am going to do three things.
1) Search ravelry for a fingering weight half-pi shawl. If I really like it I will buy it
2) Check the BluPrint papers for the shawl construction sheet and use that information to begin ‘writing’ a pattern for a shawl
3) Trawl my stashed yarn on Ravelry for what kind I would like to use.
Fortunately with the MyBluPrint class I was able to discover the ratios that I need to make my own shawl with an approximate depth of 18 inches. This should be enough to come about mid back on me. With the help of the website “New Stitch A Day” I was able to narrow down, without being overwhelmed, my knitted on border choices to 4. This may be revised at a later date. Since all four of the borders involve techniques I do not know off hand I plan on using them to create bookmarks so that I can:
C) Gauge Yarn used
D) Gauge size of edging when finished
Now I just have to Woman Up and Cast On!
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