I’m wearing it around like Linus with his blanket. Even though I haven’t blocked it yet. I don’t want all the fun to end.
Things to Note: Making a Sail-Away Shawl
This is a garter stitch shawl, so there are long stretches of zenlike knitting. However, there are a few moments worth noting.
Choosing My Colors: There are three sections to this shawl, so I chose a different blue for each section. I went with three superclose blue shades from our selection of Sincere Sheep Cormo Sport: Imposter, Hathor’s Gem, and Aegean. Cumulus is the neutral cream. And Gong Hey Fat Choy is the lone stripe of tomato red. In a project this simple, it was high drama when it came time to start a new color. I highly recommend scheming up a color combination that will let you play with color.
Changing Colors: You really do need to respect the thing that happens at the edge when you go from one stripe color to another. The time you take to make sure you’re consistently lifting one color over the other will result in an edge that is tidy.
My least-favorite moment of this project was discovering I had failed to carry the yarn not in use over the yarn in use—it results in a double-long stretch of carried yarn along the edge. This was unpleasing to me. I fixed or did not fix this, depending on how far I was into the shawl. As I look, I see five places where I didn’t fix this thing. I don’t much care—it’s not noticeable. Except that knitting is a pursuit that can let us be as compulsive or slack as we want. Which is why it is the greatest thing ever.
Weaving the Ends: I duplicate stitched the ends, and the result is really solid. You want a shawl’s ends to stay put, and duplicate stitch is good and twisty.
I’ll leave the ends untrimmed until I’ve blocked it.
This Yarn: It really is incredible, this Sincere Sheep Cormo. I absolutely adored this project, start to finish, because the almost-cottony texture of this wool is so lovely to the touch.
The MDK Easealong: If you want to see some really beautiful knitting, have a peek at #MDKeasealong. So glad to see knitters getting to the finish line on their Ease projects.