It is a longstanding tradition at MDK to mark the completion of a knitting project by a) taking pictures of it as if it were a newborn baby; b) mulling the intricacies of the project, aka Prouds and Sorries; and c) staring at it as if you had just discovered a new element.
Taking Pictures of It
Jeanette Sloan’s Dionne Shawl has been such a palate cleanser for me. After months of socks (delicious socks, don’t get me wrong!), it felt really good to work with bigger needles, on a pattern that had clever bits in it, with a yarn I’d never used before.
This is Winterburn Aran by Baa Ram Ewe, in Viking with the edge in Coal.
I have so many pictures of handknits I have finished. I feel sorry for my descendants. You know—the day when they dust off my Cloud-based scrapbook, it’s going to be a lot of: “Wow, did Great-Grandma even know any humans?”
Prouds and Sorries
My only Sorry is that I didn’t do a swatch before embarking. The teardrop lace thing has just enough asymmetry that I should have taken time to understand what the deal was before starting. Granted, the shawl begins with only a few stitches, essentially making the first repeat a swatch of sorts. But I know I would have found my groove sooner if I’d done a bit of homework.
Prouds? I’m happy about the yarn I chose. We have only recently begun to carry Winterburn Aran, from the good folks at Baa Ram Ewe, so I couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin.
I’m proud of the edge, I suppose. It wasn’t anything I’d planned to do from the outset. I went rogue on the final rows because (I know this sounds unlikely) I ran out of yarn. We have a little warehouse of yarn, including more orange Viking. But I ran out after skein number 5 early one night, so I grabbed the nearest Winberburn Aran I happened to have at home. The Coal picks up the natural dark gray of the masham wool that appears in the blend for Winterburn Aran. I simply did the final repeat of lace pattern B in Coal, and it all seemed to work out.
To be clear, I wouldn’t have done the edge in, say, Wesley Bob or Muck. But the Coal seemed like a good idea. And I was dying to finish this.
The gray edge cues me as to which side of this almost perfect triangle is the top edge. This helps with draping my Dionne about my person.
The long columns of yarnover, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over, yarnover became such a welcome marker. As long as I hit those correctly, I knew I was on track.
Staring at It
I am staring at this as I am wearing it. Sometimes we forget how cool knitting is, how many ways these simple knots can turn into such dazzling designs.
It’s big enough to serve as a throw, six feet wide across the top.
I heartily recommend you try Jeanette Sloan’s design. It’s a beauty.