Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Knit In Progress: Sleeping Beauty


I just realized that I never made it "official" that I am knitting the Viajante shawl, even though I blogged about casting it on over 3 weeks ago.  Well, here you go.  This is the official post to state that yes, I have indeed started knitting Viajante.  Please tell me you're not surprised.  Except I'm not calling my shawl Viajante.  To avoid any future embarrassment and fumbles in trying to pronounce the actual name, I'm simply calling my shawl "Sleeping Beauty" because that's the English translation of the German name of the colourway I am using.

Anyhoo...the knitting on this shawl has been slow going, as I suspected it would be from the get-go, but even more so because I took a break to finish my Boxy pullover, to cast on a pair of socks, to cast on then bind off then frogged a shawlette (that never even saw the light of Instagram!), and to do some selfish sewing.  To some, the endless stockinette in the round might be too boring to knit continuously but I find it to be blissfully mindless and somewhat therapeutic.  So much so that I took this project with me to Vogue Knitting Live to knit on while travelling in the car and whenever I took a (much needed) break.  It was awesome.  I even managed to knit up over 6 inches during that trip!

But hey, this project wasn't a cruise down easy street from the start.  Nooo.  I had knit and ripped the garter portion SO many times that I thought this shawl would never get going.  I didn't like the increases suggested in the pattern, so I frogged it.  I tried a different increase.  Yuck.  I tried my trusty go-to increase and decided I liked it.  Finally I can move onto the stockinette portion!  But yeah...a whole lot of ripping happened.  Again!  The increases I used for the garter portion was obviously going to look different in the stockinette.  So it was back to trying out a few different increase options.  In the end I stuck with my go-to.  But ended up ripping the whole stockinette portion again because I realized that the shawl opening was super tight over my massive head.  I kind of resembled Beavis' alter-ego Cornholio when I tried it on.  Soooo not flattering!  Just glad I was smart enough to just rip back to the garter and made the section big enough to fit my noggin before moving on.


Man!  I didn't think this project was ever going to take off!  Luckily it did after I got things sorted cause I could see myself chucking the whole thing into a project bag and throwing it all into the depths of the yarn closet, never to see the light of day again.  So glad that's not the case!

I can tell you right now that this shawl is going to take a while to knit up.  I never intended for it to be my main project, but as something that I could bring along to knit nights, social gatherings, and maybe while waiting in the truck or waiting rooms.  I'm going to be honest and say that it probably won't be close to being finish until the fall.  Maybe the end of summer...if I don't get distracted by shiny new patterns!

I've made it my mission to knit on the shawl at least a round a day.  We'll see how that works out.  I don't want to turn this project into a chore and I definitely learned my lesson with Nuvem and will not weight my yarn cake after every handful of rounds!


I want to love the process of knitting this pattern and I want to love the shawl when it's (finally) done.  I already love the colour and love how it's knitting up.  There's definitely no need to attach any self-induced pressure and expectations on myself...but it would be nice to wear this on chilly spring days and nippy summer nights.  

Just sayin'.


10 comments:

  1. it's going to be amazing. i already know it xo

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  2. What gorgeous photos! The final project will be divine based on these first few sneak peeks. (And wow, Comholio, there's a blast from the past!)

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    1. Thank you!! Hahaha, I was a little nervous that I was going to date myself like you wouldn't believe by mentioning Cornholio! :p

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  3. I agree that this would be the perfect shawl for cool summer nights! That's why I'm working away on it as much as I can. I have a feeling that if I can get my Boxy yarn spun up in the next week or two though, that I might be doing the same as you and just try to put a round a day on it. :)

    Yours is still super gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thanks Cate!! :) It'll definitely be hard to decide which project to work on more, Boxy or the shawl. You never know what our weather is going to be like, so it's hard to figure out what you would get more wear out of now. I can't wait to see your Boxy knit up! It's going to be SO gorgeous!!! Makes me want to cast on for another.... ;)

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  4. Hello! We’ve recently discovered your blog and have been thoroughly enjoying all of your posts… so much so that we are passing along to you the Liebster Award! You may have seen this on blogs you follow (you may even have been nominated already!) and we think this is great way for our fellow bloggers to showcase each other and to give a big shout-out to the blogs we love! Should you feel like playing along, we look forward to hearing all about you and your favourite blogs! http://hamiltonchicklets.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/an-exciting-week/

    Will have to go look up your finished Boxy. How do you find the FO? Wearable?

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    1. Hi Sara and Elizabeth! Thank you for reading my blog, and for the award! :D I have heard, and been given the Liebster award before and hope to remember to play along when I get the chance!

      As for Boxy, I definitely need to get photos of it this weekend. I wasn't quite sure about it until I finished it and now it's one of my favourite things in my wardrobe. I've been getting a ton of wear from it. I think it's a totally wearable knit and have been asked several times where I've purchased it! I'm actually contemplating knitting another in a neutral colour!

      Thanks again for the award! ♥

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  5. Okay, so I dying to know.....what is your go to increase? :)

    Sunny

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    1. Haha! Sunny it's the M1R/M1L increases. I just like how they look and the symmetrical-ness of them when paired together. :)

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