My last blog here was 29th July 2018. I haven’t been quite for any specific reason in that I’ve made loads or read loads and just haven’t written about them – that’s really not the case at all – I haven’t written anything for that length of time because I was basically stuck on the same knitting and the same book for the LONGEST time that it now seems surreal that I’ve actually finished the knitting. The book is still sitting half read. I was telling myself on that front it was because I was going to spend just a little more time on the knitting, and get that little bit further with it then I would pick up the book. The book, which makes this preceding stream of consciousness worse, is really fucking awesome and I am only half way through. (Waking Gods (Sleeping Giant’s #2)).
So what, I don’t hear you asking, was it that was seriously taking my time up over the summer?
Well it was nothing typically complex at all.
I made a ‘Find Your Fade’ Shawl. I don’t tend to follow trends very well, and when I first saw this pattern I was very much thinking what was the point? I didn’t want to invest a lot of money on yarn and time in this project for something that I wasn’t sure I was even going to like. And then there’s the size – why would someone want something that size? But I kept seeing photo upon photo of this project on Instagram and then seeing pages dedicated to it on Ravelry, and then something happened. My mind was beginning to wonder. What could I use for MY fade? What colour combinations would work best for me?
Then one day, not so long ago I was doing my usual of browsing John Lewis’s knitting department in Bluewater. I don’t tend to buy much here, although this is where the majority of my KnitPro’s have come from (they don’t tend to sell them in the interchangeable options anymore for some reason), and I don’t buy lots of high end commercial yarn so it’s always a case of browsing and seeing if anything did particularly take my fancy. And, actually, it did.
The yarn in question was Rico Design Creative de Grade, and to be fair the colours didn’t matter so much. They are gradient yarns that fade from a solid bright to a light colour. 200gs. Super soft. Contained some wool alongside the acrylic. And a price tag to match. I left them behind on the shelf that day, vowing to come back around pay day to justify buying them.
I went back a few times to consider whether they were for me.
Then one day, I went back and this yarn was on sale. So you bet your ass I bought some. I got twice the amount I was planning on getting, so 2 types of colours and 2 balls of each. I didn’t mind spending the money at that point.
I let the yarn in the stash for a little while before deciding when I was going to make it. Originally over the summer I was planning a lightweight shawl, something lacy, but then I got the itchy fingers and decided that this was going to be the way forwards.
Here’s the final result:
Check out my attempt to be slightly fancier with my photography!
It’s turned out huge. And you know what? I loved that. I was concerned that it wasn’t going to be big enough at all, especially considering all the photo’s that I had seen in the lead up to me deciding to make this.
As I was making it I wasn’t too sure how it was going to turn out if I am honest. It took me a long time to get used to the yarn – it was a DK yarn instead of a 4ply/fingering, and the colour changes didn’t really impress me as I was knitting through it, but also the plys in the yarn weren’t twisted/spun together, they were individual so it was like knitting with 4 strands of lace weight yarn held together. That being said though I did get used to it and managed to get some speed up with it int the end. I think the biggest change I would make should I make it again is drop the double YO and make it a single YO instead. I found that the lace sections REALLY slowed me down.
When I saw the final item hung up on the line I loved the final result. Perhaps I had spent too long on the minute details and the line by line that until I saw it unfurled like that I couldn’t see it. Not sure if that makes sense?
As I was knitting this I knew exactly who I wanted to give it too. I thought about her a lot as she was starting a new course this year, and thought that it would be perfect – like wearing a warm hug as she works through her homework. Now, I just need to get my ass in gear and send it to her.
Because I’d spent so long making this Fade I decided that I would work on some smaller items before I start the next big one (a cardigan for a family member. In black.), So I’ve already made another Owlet jumper for my niece and have also made a little Berry Baby Hat for a friend in the USA (I have more stuff that I want to make her before I send it though). But these were pretty quick knits and I have some more quick knits in the pipeline before I start that cardigan.
What’s on your needles at the moment? Anything exciting?