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The Year of Knitting Lacily: March Update

The last shawl of the challenge! I can hardly believe it! The challenge has been pretty fraught at times, with too little yarn or too few beads, but this was not one of those times. For my twelfth and final shawl, I have been knitting Lady of the Blue Forest by Ashley Knowlton. There are two versions of this shawl; one is almost square and takes nearly 500m, the second is triangular and takes half that. I have been knitting the smaller of the two, but would really like to knit the larger one at some point in the future. The yarn I used is Amana, which was November’s colour in the Wharfedale Woolworks Colour Therapy Sock Club of 2015. I have failed to find the meaning of Amana and it’s relevance to the colour blue, but there is no denying it is a very pretty semi-solid. I did not use beads this time, although the shawl would look lovely with some blue beads worked into the flower-like edging.

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As you can see from the amount of yarn left, I could probably have managed a third section of the pattern, giving a three-sides-of-the-square shawl, and it would have been helpful if the pattern had offered this option. As it was, I had 44% of the yarn left over, plenty for a larger shawl. Another helpful feature would have been a blocking diagram or advice on blocking. The edge has lots of points, but because the pattern has a number of elements along the edge it is not always obvious what should be a point and what should not. All in all, a very pretty shawl, I just wish it were larger!

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Technical Notes:
Pattern: Lady of the Blue Forest by Ashley Knowlton
Yarn: Wharfedale Woolworks Yorkshire Rose BFL, colour Amana
Needles: Addi 4mm circular 100cm
Yarn remaining: 48g (approximately 170m)
Finished dimensions: top edge 102cm , widest point 57cm

What Next?
I have been cooking up another idea for a challenge, but it needs further development, and so I am holding off starting it for the moment. Meanwhile I have lots of work to do for my City and Guilds course, and lots of fairisle I want to knit before next winter. I have also opened an Etsy shop, selling knitting and crochet stitch markers, called GranaryKnits, and I am blogging about that enterprise on the GranaryKnits WordPress blog. Never a dull moment!

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