So yesterday I finished the shawl that I started on vacation. I name vacation projects after our destination, but the real name of the pattern is Vintage Bordeaux. The designer, Claudia Donnelly, originally knit it in a beautiful wine-red tonal wool, and vintage bordeaux is exactly what it looked like.
As written, the body of the shawl ends up with 310 stitches, which allows for twenty-two repeats of the border pattern. Having, as I thought, plenty of yarn (two skeins of Tosh Sock), I decided to make it a little bigger, and continued until I had enough stitches for twenty-five repeats. (The colorway is called Spectrum, and the photo is a fairly accurate rendition of the color.)
Reader, I finished with a whopping three yards to spare.
That’s not actually a record. The closest I have ever come to running out of yarn without actually running out was in a sweater that had nine inches left over. But it was close enough to make those last few border repeats a bit nerve-wracking.
Anyway, Claudia is having a trunk show of her patterns at Yarn and Coffee in Santa Fe today, and several of her friends are driving up to show the flag–and I also want her to autograph my copy of the current issue of Knitters magazine, which has her latest shawl on the cover. I’ll be taking this shawl and Ferryn to add to the display, especially since the latter was knit with yarn from a local dyer.
It will be a lovely day in the cooler Santa Fe weather, with friends and yarny goodness. And it doesn’t get better than that.