Wednesday, February 1, 2012

198 yards of Heaven

198 yards of Heaven
That's the name of this shawl I just completed last night.
I joined a group on Ravelry  called Dozen Shawls in 20dozen. It is a great group! Each month in this year they are doing a shawl. In January they picked an advanced pattern and a beginner pattern. I choose the beginner pattern since it was only my second shawl.
I made it with Cascade 220 Superwash. The color is Lake Chelan Heather.
I enjoyed knitting this shawl, but I do wish I had used bigger needles. I tend to knit tight and even though I did 3 1/2 repeats of the pattern when it called for 2 1/2 repeats it is still rather small. More of a shawlette.

And I am still amazed at what happens when you block it! It really transforms the whole shawl!
Here is a picture of it before I blocked it. It measured 28 inches across the top.

And here is the same shawl after a warm bath and towel dry. I have aggressively blocked it with T pins as instructed in the pattern. It now measures 49 inches across the top!! Amazing!!

This month (February) there are 4 different shawls to chose from at the Ravelry dozen shawls in 20dozen . I have picked another beginner one called Garden View. I will be casting on tonight!

Not sure I will be able to get 12 shawls done in 12 months, but I am sure going to try!
How wants to join me? All the patterns are free and there is an incredible amount of help on the Ravelry site.