My last knitting themed blog was quite some time ago – in fact it was the end of April (having glanced through my blog entries very quickly). Whilst that was a long time ago in project terms I have pretty much been working on one item. I say ‘pretty much’ I mean, I did just work on one item with no break in between. That item was my ‘Sea Swell Shawl’, pattern by Stephen West. I had planned to start it, and take a break half way through and make something else, but something over came me and I was like a woman possessed in need of finishing this behemoth of a shawl.
Every year it would seem I need to undertake some sort of big project, and this year it was this for me. Last it was the Find Your Fade shawl, and the year before that it was the big knitted blanket that I made for my niece.
From the moment I saw the promo of it on Facebook I wanted to make it. Stephen West’s own version of the shawl looked like a knitted Starry Night by Van Gogh – I think I was a bit in love with the effect more than anything else as I may have mentioned before I’m just not that into West’s designs. Like the only other one I have remotely liked was the Doodler.
I also knew when checking out the pattern – for some unknown reason – I wanted to make the bigger size. I have plenty of yarn so this really wouldn’t be a problem. I had two colour schemes to choose from – purple or green, so went with purple this time.
Over all it’s a pretty simple pattern to make. Garter stitch all the way through, increasing at the ends and an occasional row of feather and fan stitch. It was pretty simple all the way through to be honest. I did rip out and start again after completing the first wedge or so and that made me a lot happier with how it turned out. Did I want to restart in that manner? No, not really but I needed to otherwise I wouldn’t have been happy with the overall outcome.
I used four unique independent yarns for this, starting with Felt Fusion, merging into Wollmeise (still don’t understand people’s obsession with this yarn, it never lasts for a long as I think it will do) next up was Jellybeans yarn and then finally Green Elephant. The Wollmeise and the Jellybeans melded together really well so I was a bit disappointed that the colour change between them wasn’t very noticeable. I think had I realised that before I made it I would have switched one of them out for a stronger contrasting colour.
Would I make this again? Honest answer is not likely. It was a good knit, but other than the size of it it’s actually nothing special, plus it took me the best part of three months to make – more like two once my holiday to Egypt and the week before and after are cancelled out (prepping holiday and recovering ahah!) Ultimately I sunk a lot of time into the project and I’m not entirely sure that I like it’s outcome.
I am thinking about giving it to a colleague who is leaving in the very near future but the only thing that stops me is me thinking about the cost of the yarns involved. I know that’s a stupid reason bit this project probably cost in excess of £90 to make. I’ve never stopped to think about the cost of my projects that I just give away before, but this one is making me think like that. Perhaps it’s because it’s the most varied one I’ve made with all my Indy yarn. I don’t know, I am more than likely to give it away once it’s been washed but there’s that niggle in the back of my mind this time… perhaps it’s because my finances aren’t where I want them to be so I can’t just go about buy my nice pretty yarn at the moment…. I don’t know. Perhaps that’s a question for another day?
Incidently, the few photo’s I uploaded to my Instagram account of these are my most liked photo’s ever (coming in at 45). It may not be a lot to some people out there, but for me who’s been on there for a good 10 years (I think) and only has 250 odd followers, that’s not bad!