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Monday, January 10, 2011

Hawthorne Finished

On Saturday morning I finished my Hawthorne and got it blocked. I wasn't sure how easy blocking would be with the shaping of this shawlette/scarf, but it was very easy. Mine blocked to exactly the measurements on the schematic in the pattern, so while I never actually checked gauge, I must have been right on. One measurement the pattern doesn't give you is the inside curve length - the part you'd wear against your neck. Mine is 75 inches around that inside curve, so definitely big enough to wrap around my neck in a nice, snuggly way. The picture above shows it blocking, along with some socks that were drying next to it. Sweet, little, innocent Logan is apparently quite a sock bandit and he doesn't really care if they're clean or dirty, he just loves socks. I decided to dry the socks in the sewing room which is gated off from the little sock fiend.

Here's a shot of it on the hardwood floor after blocking was all finished. I knit it exactly as the pattern is written and it wasn't difficult at all. There's a lot going on though so I'd suggest using markers at least when you're first getting started so you don't have a major tinking to do. I used markers between repeats and also marked the center stitch of each repeat and didn't have a bit of trouble staying on track in the pattern. I used KnitPicks Andean Silk in Cream and I used in the ball park of 500 yards (I used part of the 6th skein but not much - each skein of yarn is 96 yards). The pattern actually calls for 800 yards, but that's because the designer used a yarn that's put up in 400 yard skeins and she needed two of them. Somewhere on the Internets I found a note that she actually used around 500 yards, so this project was perfect for stash busting a little bit of leftover yarn. Also I think I'll be wearing this soon since it's so cold here right now!

Knit Something of the Month Club's January project is all finished!



Anonymous Amy said...

Wow. Finished and blocked in 7 days - that's amazing! Looks like you won't have any trouble keeping up with your "club"

3:28 PM  
Blogger Laura47 said...

That's really beautiful! I'm definitely going to have to add it to my queue. I just love that shape of scarf/shawl, and I love knitting them in fatter yarn so they're warmer (because I get cold ALL the time).

I'm not surprised that Logan is such a sock-lover, however. He's a puppy -- he's SUPPOSED to do things like eat socks! You just need to teach him the difference between cheap crappy store-bought ones and the nice handknitted ones. Good luck with that. :)

4:50 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

That's beautiful, nice work! I hate when patterns list the amount of yarn per skein and not the actual amount used. Ravelry is a good way to find out how much people actually used if they post that info on their project page.

I have a sock bandit in my house too and have to keep the door to my craft room under lock and key at all times, she steals yarn too!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

It is lovely! I'm working on one right now. The pattern is fun to knit.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Geri said...

Just lovely! Definitely a pattern to include in my queue. My "club" is coming along nicely as well. I did cheat a bit by starting in December, but knew that because of the holidays the project would drift into January. I love that I have 11 packages pretty much planned out that deplete my stash!

6:18 AM  

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