The shawl is done! I knitted the last clue in the lighter blue, so as to make clue four and five one continuous piece. In the end I have a shawl all made up out of B clues. I choose each clue based on what I liked best, when I reading through the pattern. So it's purely coincidental that it ended up being all B's. After seeing both clue fives (and deciding to go with clue B) I thought that clue 4B and 5B built really well on each other, especially in a solid colour. In the end I did a variation on clue 5B. Instead of having two point I made four smaller ones, creating an effect that reminds me a bit of a lotus. I made the clue a bit lacier as well. This is the only clue, in which I differed a bit from the pattern as written. I did not do any extension rows. While I had enough yarn to do that if I wanted to, I felt that the shawl was done.
Can you believe this was my first time doing Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off? I've been knitting for years and have come across it before, but apparently just never saw the need to try it. My loss! It enabled me to block the shawl beautifully into these pointy edges, thanks to the stretch.
The yarn I used was Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash. It's one of those yarns I had been meaning to try for a while, but never really got around to. It is beautiful hand dyed yarn, and it knits up beautifully. The smooth superwash did require some getting used to after all the "sticky" yarns I've been using for my colourwork projects. I have to admit that I'd forgotten how much worse it is to weave in ends with smooth yarns. Luckily there weren't many ends to weave in, so irritation was kept at a minimum.
I meant to post this last week, but I was in rotten-cold land, had to stay in bed for a couple of days, and had about the worst week at uni in terms of workload. Subsequently, I couldn't take photos and blogging about it had to wait.
Can you believe it's March already? Time to turn my personal calendar over again, and add another year whenever I need to fill in a survey, I suppose! This weekend I'll be celebrating my birthday. I'm much looking forward to that!