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Time flies even if you don’t have fun

I finally managed to release the pattern for PPaola.   The test knitting took way longer than what I’ve imagined and since (sadly) I can’t turn off life when I have other things to do, it wasn’t all fun and games.

So, after a few personal crisis averted and/or solved, the holidays, the pursue of a personal goal (still on going) you can finally buy it here.

I’ve done a second one using Franklin sock yarn and beads instead of nupps.  Working on the second one I had at least one aha moment, which will become another post.  I used undyed yarn on the second stole and took pictures of the dyeing process (to become a tutorial).
I haven’t taken pics of the second version yet, as I’m waiting for a good day to take photos of the finished stole.

SSS

This is the Summer Stonington Shawl which I designed sometime around May/June of last year.

I was asked to review my Summer Leaves design. Problem was, I don’t usually care for knitting the same pattern more than once. I began knitting it and then I decided I’d just keep on doing it and try some new (to me) ideas while knitting it.

I will, eventually, gather all my notes and posts about this shawl and publish it as one file. For now, if you want to knit it and have access to Ravelry, I created a series of posts, with charts, schematics and answered a few questions here.

Now, those are old news and you might be wondering why I’m talking about it now. Well, this shawl was made from my handspun. I bought some merino/silk roving, dyed it and then spun.
I spun short draw, so the yarn is a true worsted one (not as in worsted weight), yet, by the time I was knitting the border I began to see piling. I wasn’t happy with my discovery, but was getting closer to finishing and had people waiting for it, so I kept on going.
The second disappointment with the shawl came a few weeks after the knitting was done. I took it with me in a week long trip and when we came back, the blocking job was all but gone.
I give away almost 99% of everything I knit, this shawl is one of the few exceptions. I kept it because it’s too small for almost anyone else, there are huge design flaws in it and I wasn’t really pleased with the dye job, how the colors came out, how the yarn behaved…What can I say? I’m a perfectionist.

Anyway, I kept the shawl and even though I love to block (yeah, I’m crazy), never bother to try it again on this one, because I thought it wouldn’t hold the blocking – maybe because merino fibers have too much crimp.
The other day I was really bored and looking for something to do so I wouldn’t have to do the things I needed to do ;). I finally picked up the SSS, washed it and blocked it again.
I usually block something and let it sit pinned down from one day to the next. This time, though, I kept it on the blocking board for almost a week. I just took the pins out and have a feeling this time the blocking will hold. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.