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If I'm going to identify as a knitter, I need some items that can communicate this to other knitters.  :-)  I need to show some commitment, not have these little one-night stands like mittens and such.  ;-)  It's well and fine to knit things for my daughters (and then feel unreasonably annoyed because they don't understand the effort involved), but I want something squooshy for me.  Something that involves those magical words, "Gauge is not critical."  :-)

How about a Haruni shawl?  (I think you need to be logged into Ravelry.com to access the link.)



Using Susquehanna, the special Madelinetosh colorway that was custom-developed for my LYS?



I spent some time choosing the right pattern.  I wanted something that was simple enough so I could knit and read or watch TV at the same time, but not so simple that it was boring, and a little more plotted-out than something I could improvise the way I usually like to do with portable projects so I don't have to fuss with row counts and charts.  This looks like a nice option.  Goodness knows when I'll finish it, but it's cast on, anyway.

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lookfar
Aug. 11th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
The picture is beautiful. I see so many uses for that shawl, starting with wearing it over a black tank dress. Keep us posted!
anguinea
Aug. 11th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
I've yet to do one myself, but I have a good friend who makes a lot of shawls. --> http://www.ravelry.com/projects/eddiebird
drinkingcocoa
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Oooh! There are so many beautiful ones on her project page! I looked at the ginkgo one, myself. Maybe I'll do that in greens and yellows.
madeleone
Aug. 11th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that is a gorgeous shawl. I hope you'll post a pic of the finished product if you do decide on this pattern.
drinkingcocoa
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Sure! In about two years. ;-)
tiltedsyllogism
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
ooh, I love the haruni, it's been in my queue for ages. I will say, though, it's one of those patterns I actually like better when the body is done in stockinette, with just the b-chart border done in lace, like this one: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/beckyswaff/haruni I think the contrast between a stockinette body and lace border works especially when you're working with a semi-solid that had interesting and subtle gradations of color (which I think is true of tosh in general, and the Susquehanna looks GORGEOUS).

I just modified a different pattern that way, myself: after knitting a full Juneberry Triangle (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/juneberry-triangle) awhile back - which involves a finished edge, and then a separate knitted-on border - I decided to do one with a stockinette body, and I *think* it turned out well... I literally finished it yesterday, so it's still unblocked. otherwise, I'd share pictures.

ANYhow. that may all be totally coutnerproductive, depending on how far you've gotten beyond casting on. But I hope you have a good time with the project, and that it (eventually) turns out well!

drinkingcocoa
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely suggestion! I wanted to make myself do a lace body as well as border for my first one, but I imagine I would probably prefer stockinette body for future projects. Those long winter nights are good for knitting while watching TV or reading, perfect for stockinette. :-)

It's going to be slow going, but yum, Madelinetosh.
tiltedsyllogism
Aug. 12th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
that makes complete sense to me, as a sort of knitting discipline: I also did the full Juneberry before doing the border-only version. long winter nights are also good for wearing stockinette as opposed to lace, hahaha.

is your rav ID also drinkingcocoa?
drinkingcocoa
Aug. 12th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Yup!
hiddenlacuna
Aug. 12th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's absolutely lovely!! I'm a crocheter, primarily, but I have such a weak spot for lacy knits. And that one, my glorious sausage, is exceptionally beautiful.
wytch_blood
Aug. 14th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ahh gorgeous yarn!

The Haruni has been in my library forever, I love the idea of a stockinette body. May have just found a good pattern for the Tardis yarn that's on its way.

Need to pull myself out of the mindless knitting one night stand phase I've been in lately. Maybe this will do the trick. Great idea!
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