Can you hear me shouting for joy? After knitting the last three and a half triangles of my Fiesta Friendship Shawl (from Cultured Purl) while watching A Good Year, I stayed up to make sure I finished that fourth and final in the top row of sixteen triangles!
I still have ends to weave in from the last row of diamonds and that top row, as well as a row of single crochet to edge and tie together the entire piece, but I am so excited to be finished with the knitting. I know, I am often all about the process, and sometimes even in mourning to see something end, but it has taken over a year, between the initial frenetic burst of gathering donations from my sock-knitting buddies, the initial compulsive knitting, a few stops, starts, and re-starts as other projects got tackled (and completed), and still the shawl wasn't done. Now, the end really IS in sight.
I have employed a somewhat random-yet-harmonious method throughout this process, letting myself include colors I wouldn't normally be drawn to and using every gifted yarn at least once. Some squares were colorfully self-striping, others plainer, and a few were made by my deliberate striping of two or three different balls of yarn. The only other 'rule' I set for myself was to make the center squares all in the red family...
Here's the shawl, a few weeks ago at the end of our spinning and knitting retreat (I know, no blog post; my excuse is that it was the weekend before Wedding Week). After everyone else had departed from my Forest City cabin, I spread the shawl out on my bed and carefully selected pinks in various shades to knit the top row of triangles. I even drew myself a little map, and faithfully followed it. It was kinda cool being that organized :)
This will be the most wonderful accessory as we move into fall, covering any top and jeans outfit, or even the little black dress I don't currently have, but might buy for myself.
I promise there will be a photoshoot soon.