Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fresh Off The Needles: Singin' the Blues

Color Affection 4
I promised to show you some FOs this week and so here's one of them.  I give you my Singin' the Blues Color Affection shawl!  I'm über please with how this turned out and am even more surprised as to how fast this pattern knits up.  I'm not 100% sure if it's the pattern or the fact that it's such an addictive knit or what, but this lovely took me a week to knit up!  If I was a monogamous knitter I'm sure that time frame would be even less, but still, a week ain't too shabby!

As I mentioned in my January Obsessions post I was on a bit of a Veera Välimäki kick.  I think it all started when she had put out her newest collection, Follow the Lines, which promptly made me want to knit all four patterns.  Then I discovered that Veera was doing a collaboration with The Plucky Knitter on a brand new shawl design.  You bet I wanted to make that shawl too!  I even lucked out and managed to get my hands on one of The Plucky Knitter kits when they first appeared and was beyond ecstatic that I didn't have to wait til February (when the pattern was released to the rest of the public) to knit the shawl up.  The Plucky Knitter made it extremely hard to pick out a colour combo, as Sarah had so many options available!  I may have left the shop updates with a few don't give me that look.  These kits were all bought before my self-imposed yarn diet.  I told you I padded the stash before the diet in my Stashdown post!  I'm not proud of myself!

Plucky Yarns

Anyhoo, when my kit finally arrived it took me all of four days to cave and before you know it I was winding yarn and casting on faster than you can blink.  Even though I have some of this yarn in my stash already, this is my first time knitting with any Plucky yarns.  I think my eyeballing on yarn weights must be off or something cause I thought the Primo Fingering looked a bit too thin to be considered as a true fingering weight.  The yarn itself was really nice to knit with, I found it didn't split and slid nicely through my fingers.  I'll admit that I was kinda skeptical about the cashmere content, as I found it was a bit crunchy but after a good soak it had softened up quite considerably.  I was unsure about the Ballpoint colourway too.  On the website the skein looked like a very Navy blue but my skein looks black.  I had taken it to a knit night to see what the girls thought and everyone thought it looked black too.  Except for Andi, she claimed it looked blue to her but I'm not sure if she was just being really nice and was trying to ease my mind by telling me what I wanted to hear.  Bless her dear heart!

Color Affection 3

I had a hard time putting this project down and found myself wanting to keep knitting "just one more row".  My Starteritis had turned me into a chicken with my head chopped off and I had a hard time concentrating on working on just one project.  Well, this pattern changed all that.  I was actually able to sit down and work on this shawl for longer than 10 minutes at a time.  All that garter was über soothing and relaxing, and I'm not sure if it's because of the short rows (and my complete and utter love of them!) or the fact that you never get to the other end of the shawl, but you seriously just want to keep knitting.

Color Affection - Shoulder

Halfway through the pattern I was starting to get nervous of my choice of colour combo.  I kept wondering if I made the right decision in making the grey the main colour, or if I should have made the black (navy?) the main.  You can give yourself a real headache in trying to decide which colour combo to do.  My reasoning is that if I didn't like how this shawl turns out maybe I'll just have to knit another one, and if that shawl isn't right either then I'll have to gift them and try knitting the pattern again.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  Cause seriously, the colour combinations are endless with this project!  Every time I look at all the finished projects on Ravelry I have to make a mental note that I must try that combination too!  I'm telling you, this is a dangerous pattern!

I had taken the shawl along with me to the hospital to work on while I was there for my treatment.  Luckily I had taken another project with me because I didn't realize just how fast I would finish this.  I think the fact that I was alone in a waiting room listening to Adele on my iPod made me so relaxed that I had raced along at breakneck speeds without realizing it.

Color Affection - Back

I've already worn this shawl a few times now and it's quickly becoming one of my favourites.  I'm really tempted to cast on another but have promised myself that I wouldn't start any more projects this month.  Even when February is over I don't think I should cast on anything new until most of my UFOs are complete.  But I can already see this in a Neapolitan colourway and would love to have one made in pink, grey, and black (don't tell me you didn't see that one coming!).

And the knit list just keeps getting longer and longer...

Color Affection 2
Shawl Details:
Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering
Colours: The Singin' the Blues kit: Flannel (grey), Blueberry Sour (blue), and Ballpoint (extremely dark Navy, almost black)
Needles: Signature Needle Arts circulars in 4.0mm (US 6)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Singin' the Blues


  1. I absolutely love this! Stripes! My love! And the waves are gorgeous.

    1. Thank you! I think I foresee a stripes obsession slowing coming to surface...

  2. This is awesome! I love the colour combo - so serene, and perfect for the waves the lines create. It reminds me of the Pacific Ocean in mid-winter.

    1. Thanks Andrea! But I can't take credit for the colour combo. That's all Plucky Knitter's doing. But you're right, the combo is quite serene, maybe that's another reason why it was such a joy to knit?

  3. After reading this I won't be able to think of anything else but this pattern. Your shawl is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Monica! I'm sorry if you become obsessed with this pattern and won't be able to do anything but knit this shawl up! ;)

  4. its beautiful !! i'm working on a 'green ' one now. x

    1. Thank you Angelina! Ooohh...a green one! Are you using one of the Plucky kits? I had a time deciding between the all the blues and the green kits!


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