Knit - Stormy Sky Shawl
At the end of February I volunteered to test knit a shawl. It was pretty exciting because A: I have never knit a shawl before. I tried during the year I first started knitting, but I could not get past the 2nd row. B: I have never test knitted something before. Test knitting is when a designer finishes writing out his or her pattern and then another knitter (me) gets to knit the item to make sure the pattern makes sense and has no mistakes. and C: It was going to be a me project. I rarely take the time to make something for myself.
Since I was spoiling myself with such a fun project, I figured I might as well spoil myself with some lovely yarn. I found my LYS (local yarn store), a 45 minute drive so as local as it gets for me, and selected a beautifully dyed skein. The pattern is called Stormy Skies so I chose a color way that reminded me of a stormy evening sky.
Overall, the pattern was very easy and wonderful to knit. There were a few times where my stitch count would be off and another time where I found an enormous mistake quite a ways back, but they were all due to distractions (thank you Freya). I did tear out a bunch of rows to fix that major mistake (see the pictures below). It was something that would bother me forever if I did not have it right.
Besides how beautiful the shawl is when finished, my favorite thing about this project is that it only takes one skein (Theoretically. I did run out and have to get a second skein, which I only used half.). The pattern is available for free and I highly recommend it to those wanting to branch out and try something new! And also to those who are looking for another wonderful, lacey shawl project. Visit the tag #stormy_sky_shawl on Instagram to see some more finished shawls!