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.