Toward the end of my pregnancy, I was struck with a case of startitis. I had stopped daily work at the shop, and was enjoying some much-needed rest before meeting our baby. And what’s a knitter to do with a stretch of free time but cast on all the things?!
I was drawn into the idea of Ysolda’s mystery shawl knit-along as a way to help pass the time as I waited to go into labor. A clue would be released each week, and my goal was to finish that clue before the next one was released or before the baby arrived, whichever happened first.
I’m pleased to say that I was able to keep up with the clues through week 4 of 5! These clues were challenging to me, with interesting charts and new stitch patterns. It was fun and kind of fraught choosing between 2 patterns each week; it’s hard to make a choice without knowing where you’re going sometimes! One clue would build upon the previous and before long I had a substantial shawl on the needles.
I deliberately chose the more textured clues each week, with garter or reverse stockinette stitch, to tie the clues together in my solid yarn. This was after stalking the spoiler threads in the knit-along group on Ravelry, of course!
I knew going into the project that I wouldn’t have enough of the gorgeous red yarn. Hoping there would be an opportunity to incorporate some leftover charcoal grey yarn, I forged ahead. I ended up saving it for the border, which meant it was also at the biggest part of the shawl. So of course I ran out! I ended up knitting the last row and binding off in another, lighter grey leftover yarn. I’m not sold on the color combo, but I am pleased with how all the clues came together. I’m also not thrilled with the size; I would like it to be a bit wider. But, these are things you have to give up control over to a certain extent when knitting blind!
Overall, this was a perfect distraction for me. And I’m happy to say that I made it through 4 clues before going into labor, and was able to finish the final clue within a couple of weeks of it coming out. Newborns sleep a lot, which is great news for this knitter!
Now back to some of the other things I’ve cast on since…
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