I finished my Hediye and I love it, even though it didn’t go as planned.
The designer is Ysolda Teague, the wool used for the edging is handspun by my friend Susie Gourlay and the centre of the shawl is knit with Cascade Eco. Originally I had planned on knitting the centre with Malabrigo Worsted and while the colour was beautiful, the wool wasn’t quite as thick as the handspun. I did knit a few rows hoping it would work out, but it just was not meant to be.
The handspun wool is a blend of merino and cashmere and is so soft and lovely. Malabrigo Worsted is merino, so was almost as soft and lovely to the touch. Once I realized it would be too thin to pair with the handspun I went looking through my stash. I really should have swatched before I even started and then I would have known, but as usual I was in too much of a hurry and didn’t take the time. Lesson learned? Honestly, I’ve been knitting for almost 40 years. If I haven’t learned that lesson yet, it’s not going to happen! And when something like this shawl does happen, I just rip out whatever doesn’t work and start again. I know that to some people that just isn’t an option, but while I’m usually a little disappointed my idea didn’t work out, I’m not upset. The time I spent knitting it was pleasurable, and even if it wasn’t productive it was still time well spent in my opinion!
So, I went looking through my yarn on hand, and came up with 6 or 7 options. I spent last weekend knitting 4 inch swatches to help me decide instead of going with my gut. I decided that the Cascade Eco was the best match. It was the same weight and wpi (wraps per inch), it wasn’t nearly as soft but as my New Year’s Resolution was to only knit from my stash, I figured I could live with it. So, I had 3 colours in this yarn and knit swatches to decide which one to use.
I love this pattern! The shawl is designed to be knit with DK wool, but I wanted something heavier and a little bigger to wear in the fall over a light coat. I think I will knit this shawl again someday, but with sport or DK weight wool to be able to wear in the summer.
Now, onto the next unfinished project!