The crazy thing is that it came out almost exactly as I envisioned and planned. Apparently I had to see the actual item and not just the picture in my head to realize it is so not me.
|Example of color wonkiness|
I do not do bold stripey shawls. Unfortunately I had to make one to realize that. So I'm chalking up these few weeks of knitting and over 700 yards of handspun (those runched sections absolutely devoured yarn) to a lesson learned. I will be trying to remind myself regularly as I drool over gorgeous handpainted braids of fiber that solid colors are my friend. Or at least slowing transitioning gradients. And maybe variegated braids that aren't as vibrant. Or I could spin the fiber differently to give it a more heathered appearance. Or....yeah, I don't see myself passing up all variegated braids anytime soon. How about just: choose wisely?
The good thing is that I adored every minute of knitting Citron. Even those beastly 700+ stitch rows (I seriously think it took about 90 minutes to bind off). The handspun came out so well that I think I just liked knitting with it no matter what I was knitting, even endless rows of stockinette. And talk about utilizing every last bit of handspun--I had maybe 2 grams left. So while I am firmly in the "product knitting" camp, even I can't regret all the happy hours this shawl provided. You win some, you lose some--I'm calling this one a draw.
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