Friday, October 22, 2010


Whippoorwill is finished!  Despite some setbacks, it came together rather nicely in the end.

Pattern:  Whippoorwill (Ravelry pattern)
Ravelry Project Page
Yarns: Rainy Days and Wooly Dogs Oleander--Absinthe
            Madelinetosh Sock--Emerald City
Needles:  Size 7 US
Cast on:  October 1, 2010
Finished: October 21, 2010

I know there are a ton of mistakes somewhere, but I have no idea where and nothing is visible. Maybe no mistakes are actually there then?  I didn't waste too much time puzzling that one out.  Instead I enjoyed waltzing around work today with my pretty new shawl wrapped around me and felt like a million bucks. 

It's a very good size shawl--the amount of drape is a little more apparent in this back shot. I only knit the medium size, but I wanted a large shawl that I wouldn't have to constantly be throwing back up over my shoulder.  Since I didn't have enough yarn for the large size, I knit the medium on size 7, so at a little larger gauge than the pattern instructs.  The finished size definitely exceeded my expectations.  It's perfect for warm or cool weather, and I knocked out two skeins of stashed sock yarn to make it.  Basically an all-around win.  I love when I get to say that!

Whippoorwill is an accomplishment for me for another reason.  Picking colors for many people is the fun part of knitting, but I agonize over it.  I have a hard enough time deciding on one color, but when I have to add on a contrast color--oh, the horror!  It can take days of indecision, asking for opinions, changing my mind, even abandoning the project altogether.  This time, however, it came together rather smoothly.  I happened to hold the two skeins together, and it just seemed like it would work. I've gotten so many compliments since I added on the contrast color, I think I can claim this color combination as a success.  This is a rare occurrence for me.

Speaking of the greens, when I added the finished pictures to Ravelry, a trend became ridiculously obvious. Here's a shot from my Ravelry project page of the last three projects I've finished.

Now, here are two more in progress:

It's pretty obvious that I've been on a green kick lately.  This isn't exactly uncommon for me--there have been blue phases, and purple, but I think I might be ready for a change.  I received another package this week--not yarn this time, but something I was even more excited about.

I think I feel a red phase coming on.

1 comment:

  1. I love your whippoorwill! I love my Absinthe skein so much it upsets me to think about knitting it. This turned out great. I think I'm going to do a shawl as well - don't want to hide the yarn in socks...

    I knit a sweet little bookmark with the skinny Bugga you sent - perfect color. It's on Ravelry - don't know how to link it here...