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Monday, January 10, 2011

Hawthorne Finished

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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.

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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!

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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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