Fading In

I bet you thought this day would never come.

I know I didn't. But it did. It has. *drumroll please*

I finished my fade!

This shawl is so big I had to block it on our deck because there was not enough space in our house unless I wanted to have it going down the stairs.

And as you can see it is nearly impossible to get a photo of the entire shawl spread out (at least while also wrangling a baby).

I'm really proud of this shawl not only because it was so big, but also because it exclusively used yarns from my stash. A lot of these were either one-off colors that I had purchased without a plan or club colorways that had not told me what they wanted to be. There is even a skein in here that I dyed myself with kool-aid a few years ago.

But what are these fabulous yarns? Let me tell you.

Color A: Femme Fatale Fibers, Siren Fingering, Dumbledore's Cloak (discontinued)

Color B: Voolenvine Yarns, Strasse Sock, Neptunia. 

Color C: Lefthand Lass, Sock Ready, Claw Foot Tub.

Color D: Oh! Loops, Ascot, Butterflies in My Head

Color E: Kool-aid dyed Knit Picks

Color F: Lolo Did It, Everyday Sock, I Love Rock N Roll

Color G: Spartickes Dyes, Will and Grace Sock, Tell Me About it Stud

I absolutely love how these color combinations turned out. I'll be honest, I started feeling hesitant around the fifth color change, but I decided that I was this far along I might as well see it through and I am so glad that I did. I am not really much of a pink person. I exist most comfortably in the teal/seafoam/mint range, so it was awesome to use skeins I loved with skeins I was at a loss for and find something that will probably go with everything.

As for the pattern itself, I think the fact that I have already cast on another Andrea Mowry shawl tells you all you need to go. Her directions are clear and the shawl is broken down into sections so that you can more easily keep track of where you are in the pattern. As someone who spends a lot of her time dropping her knitting to run after a little one I can tell you that this is super valuable. Once I got the lace rows sorted in my brain I was able to knit practically direction free with just a quick glance to verify my numbers.

Overall this was a huge win at a time when I'll take the smallest of victories. And as an added bonus, I don't appear to be its only fan.