My Life on Sundays is done.
I will admit that in the last stretch of knitting – the part where each row is upwards of 350 stitches – even I, die-hard garter stitch aficionado, was getting a bit disheartened and starting to crack jokes about Eternal Garter Stitch. Because the yellow garter stitch border is knit last, progress felt like it was going slower as I went, and it was definitely an exercise in discipline to knit until I was nearly out of yarn rather than bind off early.
Still, now that I have it off the needles and all washed, I have to say: this is a really nice shawl.
It does not hurt that the yarn C picked out is gorgeous – it’s madelinetosh pashmina, which is a heavy-ish fingering weight merino/silk/cashmere blend. It drapes like nothing else, and the combination of garter stitch and cashmere make it intensely squishy and cuddly.
It’s also enormous – these photos are after blocking, and the shawl edges easily hang over the edges of my dining table.
I’m giving this away to C, who asked me to make this shawl in the first place. There is a little part of me that wishes I could keep it – we’re still having a lot of awful, rainy, grey ick weather, even though it’s the middle of April, and this is exactly the right kind of scarf for it. But if I miss it that much, I can always make myself another one to keep.
I might give myself a bit of a break, though, before I launch right into another one. That was a fair bit of garter stitch.