This shawl took over my knitting life – I finished it in just 2 weeks.
Mrs. Tumnus Shawl in Schaefer Anne
4.0 mm ChiaoGoo needles for the body, cast on with a 5.0 mm.
All those twisted stitches and ptbls begged for a sharp needle. I started out with an Addi Turbo but switched to ChiaoGoos and things zoomed along.
I have lots of detailed notes on my project page on Ravelry. My biggest piece of advice is to take a deep breath and just get through the CO row and the next couple. The pattern gets set up and it becomes easier to knit. Remember – 2 weeks?
The blocking instructions are awesome and made it so easy to get that horseshoe shape. I’ve never blocked using a running stitch to create the shape but it really worked. The blocking pic is up above.
I do have one (largish) regret though – my yarn choice. The colors are much more variegated than I realized and it detracts from the lace. I rarely knit the same project twice but if I were to I would make sure to use a solid or nearly solid. Oh well – live and learn.
The other thing I learned with this project has to do with my new mannequin – Mimi. Isn’t she pretty? I used her for the first time and it’s hard to see the shawl detail – the wire outlines show through. I may wrap her like a sari or stuff her with something black for pics in the future. And yes – her neck is crocked. I didn’t notice that in the pics on eBay. Oh well – live and learn.
One final – good thing – that I learned. I LOVE knitting and wearing crescent-shaped shawls. So much so that I’ve already started my next – out of some more stash yarn. Cast on Mania might need to go for the whole month.
I’ll catch you on the purl side.