I stayed up late one night last week to finish up this shawl, tucking in the ends and blocking it the next day. I finished it with almost a week to spare before Sock Summit, and have been dying to share it with you ever since. Timing (and styling) never quite lined up over the weekend, so we’re just now getting to it.
What a fun knit! Chadwick is classic Stephen West, with its colorwork, assymetry, and simple stitch patterns. It was easy to work on while chatting at knit night or watching over a busy toddler; it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. At one point I was juggling 3 balls of yarn, which got a little tricky, but overall it was great fun. You can see all the details on my project page.
During the photo shoot I played around with all of the different ways to wear this shawl. Typically I like to wear my shawls bandit-style (with the point in the front, ends wrapped around the neck), but I think that really hides the features of this one. I’ll have to go traditional with this decidedly untraditional shawl.
So happy to have this finished for Sock Summit! I know that in most parts of the US having a new wool shawl for an event in July sounds ludicrous, but around here it’s necessary. Mornings and evenings can be a bit chilly, and a small shawl over one’s shoulders is just the thing. Plus, what knitter doesn’t want to wear something hot off the needles around other knitters?
I’m heading off to the mighty summit tomorrow, picking up my bestie at the airport in the evening. This is my first real amount of time spent away from PB, and I am filled with a mixture of emotions. Elation, excitement, trepidation, and a touch of worry. Everyone will be fine, I know this. And in a sense, this time apart feels like a bit of a trial run for when I start working at the shop. Granted, I won’t be gone for a 4 day stretch very often, but it will go a long way for all of us to know that we can function outside of our normal routines. Besides, I get yarn and she gets swimming lessons. Win win!
Please come say hi if you see me running around in Portland, I love meeting new people. And for those of you staying home I will have a full report and lots of photos to share upon return.