Hello, 2016! It seems I entirely missed 2015 on the blog, but here’s a quick recap: it was all about knitting. I decided to learn just before the start of the year and it has quickly taken over for me. I’ve made several baby hats and cowls, but the project I am most proud of is my Doodler.
The Doodler was Westknits‘ 2015 Mystery Knit Along. That means that, other than suggestions about yarn weights and color schemes, we were totally in the dark about what we were making. I decided to do it because I really wanted to learn more complicated techniques and challenge myself.
You can imagine that I felt quite challenged indeed when this tiny little wing is what I started knitting after following the instructions for Clue 1. Mind. Blown.
It had quickly grown into a very large wing by the time we were done with Clue 1! Clue 2 was a jump headfirst into cables – something I probably would have been very scared to try, but were actually not that complicated.
At this point I was actually quite stumped – the project was completely off the needles! But Clue 3 had us pick up the I-Cord along the wing and do a series of increases and decreases to form a wavy border.
Clue 4 gave us a lot of options, but in the end I chose the simplest and finished off with a contrasting I-Cord, which I thought was best for my (relatively neutral) color scheme. If I did this shawl again, I would choose punchier colors, add contrasting stripes to the wavy border and pick one of the more complex bind offs, just to make it different from what I have already done.
Even though it was a “mystery,” doing this KAL was a great way to learn because there were a lot of experienced knitters helping in the Ravelry group. As of right now, 3,398 Ravelers are making this shawl!
This project was a lot of work (and crying and ripping back), but it taught me that I can follow a pattern (even when I don’t fully understand it), that I can do short rows, yarn overs, seamless I-Cord, cable, pick up stitches and fix my mistakes. Needless to say it was a big boost to my knitting self-esteem and I am really stunned by the finished product.
I’m also thrilled with my color combination. Despite all the craziness going on in this shawl, it’s actually pretty wearable and I’ve already worn it – to work!