Well I can now count myself amongst the thousands of knitters who have completed a color affection shawl. I actually finished this project about a week ago and I am happy to say that I feel quite pleased with it. Plus, it just feels REALLY good to have a finished object to report and show!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I was working on this project as part of the KAL hosted by iMake over on Ravelry. I feel like this pattern can bring out some strong opinions in people. I’ve heard many lamenting about how tedious the long rows of garter stitch can become and I’ve heard others raving about what a perfect item it is to knit up while engaged in other activities (chatting, watching television, traveling on a bus).
As for me, I loved it. I’m not about to say that the garter stitch doesn’t become a bit tedious (sure it does), but it also is a fantastic item for building up a little knitting confidence. I had taken a bit of a break from knitting due to various reasons (frustration over a difficult project, wrist pain – I have chronic tendonitis -, and just so much pulling me in various directions), so I really did need something to feel like an accomplished knitter again. This did the trick.
It wasn’t too time-consuming and, despite the long rows, I could visually see progress and momentum in front of me as the stripes built and the stitches bunched up wider and wider on my needles. I’m pleased with the yarn I used, too. After blocking, it feels warm and cozy, but still fluid and soft. I wore it around my always a bit chilly office this week and loved it!
P.S. This post will go live on Sunday, right about the time that I will be running my first half-marathon. Eek! Hopefully the next post you will see from me will be filled with tales of my triumph!!