I didn’t really think I would be a shawl person. I would constantly see new knitting patterns pop up on Ravelry and I would think to myself “Really, how many shawls does one person need?” Current answer is at least two because I’m ready to knit another. The scarf is nice, but a shawl? Man, those things are quite versatile. Besides, the drama of tossing one long end over your shoulder in a dramatic fashion is just fabulous!
This Match and Move started out as a knit-a-long with a friend and ended up in frustrations on just wanting to finish the darn thing. After the first few sections I was really worried that my shawl was coming up on the side of being too small so I added a few more sections. Knitting across on 200 something stitches takes F.O.R.E.V.E.R. Sometimes I live for a mindless knit to which I can binge watch some Netflix, but I got a little bored with garter stitch once I got to the second section. Too many times I entered mindless knit mode dropped a few stitches, missed a decrease, or forgot what row I was on and had to rip back to fix the mistakes. I’m going to be truthful and say that I had to leave a few in there or I would still be knitting this thing.
I started in early September and planned to finish at the end of that month. The added sections pushed the finish date to end of October then to the end of November when I at last started to weave in all of those color changing tails. The finished shawl is at least 10 inches longer than the original pattern. I used workhorse Knitpicks Stroll yarn in Ash and Pickle Juice.
This project made me aware of how often I rush through projects just to finish. Isn’t the point of doing all of this creative work to enjoy the process? I need to keep reminding myself that creative work isn’t only about the finished project. Along the way, I did take some time out to admire the color changes and the line formed by decreases to create the asymmetrical triangle shape. It’s a basic shawl, but with a little “wow”.