The Milk Run Shawl is officially off my needles! I finished it Wednesday during my lunch break. I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out so far. Now there’s only a couple steps left: dye it and then block it.
I love that feeling when I finally cast off a knitting project. Up until then, it’s just something with stitches. I focus on one row at a time, sometimes just one stitch at a time. It doesn’t hit me until I hold up the final product that I’ve actually created something. This euphoria settles over me and I just turn it over and over or put it on pre-blocked and enjoy the sensation. I made this. I love that feeling. I think it’s why I keep knitting.
As a recap, I used the Milk Run Shawl
pattern by Cat Wong
. The shawl is made out of Fishermen’s Wool from Lion Brand. I chose the natural color so that I would be able to dye it when all was said and done. It’s been a great project to work on. I can sit and read or watch TV or go to the movies with it because there are only two rows to repeat for most of it. I wasn’t able to be so distracted for the edging, which was a little more involved, but I still enjoyed it.
For most of the time, I was very happy with the pattern. I should clarify, too, that everything I didn’t like about the pattern was self-inflicted. I made it more difficult than it really needed to be. I was following the main Milk Run Shawl pattern, I think. That was the only problem I found with the pattern. I kept getting lost. I love having a lot of options, but I think there were almost too many. There are 3 different ruffle options and 5 different shawl patterns. I almost wish they weren’t all together in one PDF.
See, I tend to read my patterns on a computer or on my phone. I’m not real big on printing things out, mostly because it’s a hassle. We don’t have a computer desk, so to print anything, we pull out the printer and plug it into the wall, balance it on the kitty tower and hook it up to the laptop. So, when I can avoid it, I do.
I didn’t notice how lost I was getting until I got to the edging and couldn’t figure out what ruffle I was supposed to do. At first I looked at the Milk Run Shawl pattern and thought I should be doing ruffle 1. Then, I somehow got it in my head that I was actually working on the Just a Little Jaded shawl and needed to do ruffle 3. In the end, I committed to 3. I’m sure it will turn out just fine, since the whole point is mix and match.
If I do this pattern again, I will print it out, no question. That way I can keep just the pattern I’m working on separate from the others. The flipping back and forth made me lose my focus. Overall, though, I am really happy with my shawl. I can’t wait to dye it. I’ll be using a Jacquard acid dye. The only dyeing I’ve ever done has been Kool-Aid, so this should be a fun experience.
[Sorry for the repost. I posted this on Friday and then it just disappeared!]