A shawl, finally

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Nothing like a deadline to motivate. I’m heading out this morning for a weeklong meditation retreat, and I had hoped to pack a new shawl. That had seemed like a pretty sure thing when I finished the knitting on this one more than a month ago. But since then, progress ground to a halt as I mostly thought about how not-fun the finishing was.

The finishing was just as tedious as I thought it would be. But I’m not sure I could have made it slower – I put in an hour or two about once a week, and then spent some multiple of that thinking about how I didn’t want to do it, how I didn’t like doing it, and generally how I wish it would just do itself. But in the end, I got it done on deadline and I’m really happy with the result.

The original pattern was inspired by a seascape and used shades of blue and green. I liked it, but I couldn’t quite see myself wearing it. One of my favorite parts of knitting with Shetland wool (besides its fabulous woolliness) is how many shades there are to choose from, so I felt confident that I could modify it. When I started rummaging through the piles of yarn, I really didn’t know what I was looking for but it pretty quickly emerged as earthy greens and browns. Which is no surprise to anyone who has seen me dress, but it gave me extra joy when, as I was knitting it up, I realized that it was the palette of the mossy forests that surround me. It’s completely appropriate that I adopted this pattern into my own local landscape’s palette. And I’m looking forward to wrapping myself up in it as I wander through those mossy woods this week.

Details here on Ravelry.