changing plans

Sometimes things don’t go as planned…

Two friends from my knitting group have knit or are knitting the Color Affection shawl. I was intrigued and then a recent Yarn Harlot post pushed me over the edge and I decided to knit one. I had an Amazon Local voucher for Uncommon Threads so I headed over there yesterday on a quest for the perfect yarn for that shawl. I didn’t find it and instead brought home The Principles of Knitting.

the blue section of my knitting books

It looks so imposing on the shelf! My husband asked me if this meant I was going to learn to knit. Isn’t he funny?

Since I hadn’t found the perfect yarn at the yarn store, I decided to dive a bit deeper into my stash. The only yarn that is near the correct gauge that I have in three colors in near the right quantities is AllHemp3, in grey, darker grey, and black.

shades of grey...

It feels somehow wrong to knit the Color Affection shawl in shades of grey, basically, but I think it would be pretty. I have less of the black, and maybe not enough, but I’m hoping it will work. However, upon making that decision and looking for the needles for the project I realized that the two sets  of needles that might work are in other projects. One is in the sweater that I’m currently knitting, Etesian. I’ve finished the sleeves and the piece across the back (it has an odd construction) and I only had to bind off the sleeve stitches three times before getting it close to right.


I’ve only just started the lace fronts and back for which I am using my size 6s from my Knit Picks interchangables. I thought that maybe I should use 7s anyway, so I was going to pull the needles out of my Annis shawl, which I started on impulse in August after getting the yarn at a swap. In my mind, I had made a mistake and couldn’t find it. Luckily, before I pulled the needles out unmercifully, I checked and the stitch count was fine! So, instead of starting a new shawl, I picked that shawl back up and finished all the bead (formerly nupp) rows.


It looks really pretty and I’m glad I didn’t rip the needles out.

Sometimes knitting works in mysterious ways!


4 thoughts on “changing plans

  1. caityrosey April 29, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    My mom and I each wore our Color Affection shawls to Yarnover. We got lots of compliments. I know you’ll love yours. And I think all gray will be fine, if what you want is a very neutral shawl. It will still be lovely and might be more wearable than some of the ones I’ve seen in lime green and pink. Go for it!

    • Abigail vR April 29, 2012 / 6:37 pm

      Thanks for the words of encouragement!

  2. Gus April 29, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    I think a grayscale color affection will look wonderful.

    • Abigail vR April 29, 2012 / 7:38 pm

      I hope so! First I have to finish something else. 🙂

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