I’ve found that lately I don’t want to make decisions.
ok, out of context that sounds a little crazy or like I’ve given up on life. I just mean that I rather have google play pick a playlist out for me when I want to listen to music, nevermind the giant music library I’ve amassed. Netflix annoys me because I just want to watch something, not go through every genre to pick something. that’s probably why I watch so much hgtv when I can, it’s just easy and who doesn’t love a good property brothers marathon? with knitting, I’ve found myself looking at kits. it’s kind of nice to have someone do all the heavy lifting for you: here’s a pattern, here are a few coordinating skeins, go knit! this is especially true when you’re like me and love casting on every other stripey shawl you see.
I received* the miss grace shawl kit last fall and let it marinate in the stash for a while. the kit comes with four hanks of skeino’s sophia yarn, a superwash merino with a micron count of 19.5 (that’s close to cashmere levels), the paper pattern and a project bag. the pattern is free to download on their site as well. I’ll admit that I expected three distinct colorways to come with the kit and that’s probably why I held off casting on. but once I started knitting it all made sense.
the striping of the two similar colors starts to create a depth in the fabric that wouldn’t be there with highly contrasting colors. I did have to remember which was which while knitting, but the fun part is that it wouldn’t have really mattered. you could go as free form as you’d like with this pattern. I unintentionally reversed the order of some of the wedges and it’s not like I can tell you which ones they are now.
this is definitely potato chip knitting, I just kept talking myself into knitting one more set of short row wedges and stripes. I wanted to see how the next darker color wedge would knit and how the colors would pool. you don’t have too many stitches on the needles while knitting the body, so it knits up pretty quickly. at the speed this was going, I honestly thought I would have it done by christmas. but then my needle cord broke while working on the border. watching hundreds of stitches pop everywhere was pretty demoralizing and I just let the shawl sit on my desk for weeks. I think I finished two sweaters and some socks while this sat ignored. I eventually did order another cord, you need at least a 60″ needle to work the border, and picked up all the dropped stitches. I never counted how many stitches you end up with on to the border, I really didn’t want to find out. just know it’s going to take a while.
the end result is pretty worth it. you end up with an epic shawl that looks a lot more complicated than it really is. the yarn drapes beautifully and the colors didn’t bleed when I washed it (I’ve had issues in my last few shawls with this). I didn’t stretch it out while blocking and I didn’t use overly large needles. I think all the short row wedges help create a wave in the fabric. it kind of kills me that I already told my mom I would knit this for her!
so do you think you’ll try a kit soon? or do you already knit from kits and I’m the last one to find out? or maybe you want full control and don’t think a kit is for you? I’ll admit I like the idea and I’m already eyeing an arabella shawl kit. mostly because I want a giant gradient yarn braid to hang around my house.
pattern: miss grace shawl
yarn: skeino sophia in the michelle colorway
needles: 3.5 mm – us 4
date started: 12.06.15
date finished: 01.27.16
*I received this yarn in exchange for my honest review. all opinions are my own.