Fornjot Mini Shawl Thing

You know, I think I should check my gauge more often when knitting shawls. I pretty much never bother to because gauge isn’t as critical with those items as it can be for something that has to fit the body like a sweater. Or socks, mitts, gloves, hats… Basically anything you don’t wrap around yourself. It’s just that I get to a point where I’m a bit tired of mini shawls that are fine as a neck wrap thing but don’t really function to keep my shoulders warm in, say, a drafty restaurant situation.

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And this one, the third pattern and yarn set from the 2018 Ysolda Teague club, ended up a little smaller than I like. I appreciate that it doesn’t get bulky when worn with a coat but I can’t get it to cover both my shoulders. And, looking at other projects, I can see that some of them are bigger than mine. (Sorry, it’s a little rumpled from sitting folded.)

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Maybe I could block it even bigger though I thought I had it stretched out as much as possible.

Otherwise, it was a beautiful knit. I love the different textures and the colorwork. Yellow is not my color though. Especially that yellow. Thankfully, there isn’t that much of it so I can wear it without looking like death. Only orange hates me more than those very warm yellows.

It took me way longer than I thought it would to get it done. I just lost the energy for it partway through. I’m thinking it’s because you start with that yellow edging and reduce to the end point. The rows were so long.

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And then, there was that cable and lace bit that required attention that I didn’t always have to give. I screwed up some of the cables at the beginning. I remember thinking they weren’t designed right. I should not have underestimated Ysolda. I was supposed to do them exactly like I thought they should be done. A very fiddly three piece cable.

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I did not rip back. Bet you can’t tell where the cables are wrong. I have to look very hard myself and I know what to look for!

After that section, I was a little wary of the second cable section. And I didn’t touch it for a while. Oh! My stitch count was off by one. Actually, that was an issue with the pattern, not the knitter. So I had to adapt the end of the rows to make it work.

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Then, I added two rows to the next garter section to bring my stitch count down. Could I have done it before and not had to fudge that whole cable section? Of course! But I didn’t. I can’t even say why.

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I finished fast after that. The rows were much shorter and the end was in sight. Pretty, right?

I have too many shawl things now.

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I’m knitting another one.

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Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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