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Tru Wuv is released!

Tru Wuv
Tru Wuv

Last year Mary announced in the group that she got engaged.  I offered to design her wedding shawl and immediately started to nag her about details : length, shape, elements etc..
Mary was very laid-back about the whole thing, and since I thought the wedding would happen in December this year, I let it go for a while.

Back in June she contacted me again to ask if the offer still stood.  Then she told me she was getting married at the end of August.
I hadn’t forgotten about the shawl, but in my head I had almost 5 months to deal with it, and now I was informed I had come up with an idea, knit it, write it and send it to her in time for it to be knit.  To say I freaked out is an understatement ;P.

I was so desperate that the first shawl I cheated and showed  her something I was working on already – not something made with the thought and care she deserves.  I wasn’t (and still am not) completely satisfied with that one and it shows.
Mary, being who she is, was kind enough to not refuse it all together, but that shawl wasn’t The One.

Back to the drawing board I went – very afraid there wouldn’t be enough time, and designed, charted and knit another one.  That one she liked, and so did I.  I wasn’t done yet, though.  I created another one because…I’m not sure.  I really like the second one, but I think the third one was desperately trying to get out of my head, so I did it.

Tru Wuv
Tru Wuv

The third one?  It’s Tru Wuv – in more senses than one.  I think I started it out of sheer stubbornness (and because Mary refused to be a bridezilla to the end) and because I was curious to see if it would work (most of my patterns start their life for this reason).
I knit it as fast as I could and until I had it all pinned out on the blocking board, I didn’t think it would look good.
Was I wrong.  The second I stepped back, after placing the last pin, I took a not-so-good photo of it and wrote Mary, claiming I had The One.

When we started talking about a shawl design, Mary told me she wanted to twirl around like a princess.  If you knit Tru Wuv, I hope you do it too.

I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with the designing and publishing process as I have with this shawl.  I have no words to describe how wonderful and hard-working my test knitters are.  Their work is flawless in every way and they made it so easy for me to have this finally released.
Those women are talented, determined and so patient with my many flaws.  I’ll be forever grateful for everything they taught me and the hard work they put into this.

If you click on the link for the pattern you’ll be able to see Mary’s photos (and the love she and her husband share).  It was my way to show love to a friend and it was love that kept my testers going.  As you see, the name is very apt.

Knitting and purling my way

When the test knit for Tru Wuv started, I mentioned that I knit “different”.  One of the test knitters became curious, so I made another video showing how I knit and purl:

I’ve also made a few more showing how I do some common decreases, but I’m still working on editing those.  Hopefully I’ll be able to upload them this week and share them with you.

Knitting Tru Wuv

Last Saturday I got up early and started to work on the pattern for Tru Wuv.  The idea was that it would take me all weekend to get the file ready and I’d send the pattern off to the test knitters on Monday.  This way I’d have time to dye some yarn to knit along with them.

Turns out there wasn’t much to fix in the document and it took me less than half an hour, so I sent it the same day.    I have to make a pause on the narrative here to say that I’m truly overwhelmed by the eagerness and good will of my test knitters.  They were catching mistakes before my yarn was even dry.

Yarn for Tru Wuv
Yarn for Tru Wuv

The yarn is a 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, and 10% Cashmere mix, takes dye beautifully and it’s so very soft. The yardage is 1312 yds/100g, so I’m guessing I’ll have plenty of left-over.

The plan was to dye the yarn GREEN.  Not teal, GREEN.  BTW, the color you see on the pictures is true to life.  I didn’t mix dyes to get this color, it came straight out of a jar, and that might be what caused the problem.  I probably needed to shake the jar before mixing the dye with water.  Oh, well…
Next time I get to play with the dyeing pots, I’ll try this one again – just to be sure about the color.  If I keep on getting teal, I’ll re-label the jar.

This gradient is a time-consuming job and although I started on Saturday, I was only able to finish the dye job by Sunday.

I got lucky when it came time to put the yarn outside to dry.  Even though the temperatures were mild, the yarn was dry in time for me to start knitting
the same day.

Tru Wuv
Tru Wuv

This is as far as I got by last night (Monday).  I stopped after row 20 of  the second chart.  It was slow going because the moisture in the air yesterday was really high, so I kept on washing my hands to keep them from sweating.  There was also a lot of fighting with the yarn not sliding on the needles as smoothly as I’d like.
Of course, I couldn’t let well enough alone, so I had to add beads which also slows me down a lot.

I’m hoping to be able to finish this chart today.  Wish me luck.

Tru Wuv - detail
Tru Wuv – detail