Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FO! Paws to Remember Shawl

Maybe it's because I didn't want to let it go but it took me a long time to compile the stats for the finished Paws to Remember Scarf. I'd set myself a deadline to have it done and ready to be delivered by this past weekend and I did. But it set after it was done for three weeks or so before I blocked it then took some inadequate photos of the blocked shawl.

I started with 427 gr of Merging Colors yarn from Strickwear. After the project I was left with 263 gr, enough to do another project. I increased the number of rows knit with each color with each color change until the halfway point in the colors which was colorway #4. Except for the #4/#5 colorway transition, which was 42 rows (one strand of each color) each color transition (one strand of each c
olor) was 6 rows.

colorway #1 ~ 40 rows (2 strands) + 6 transition rows (1 strand) = 46 rows
colorway #2 ~ 42 rows (2 strands) + 12 transition rows (1 strand) = 54 rows
colorway #3 ~ 48 rows (2 strands) + 12 transition rows (1 strand) = 60 rows
colorway #4 ~ 90 rows (2 strands) + 42 transition rows (1 strand) = 135 rows
colorway #5 ~ 91 rows (2 strands) + 43 transition rows (1 strand) = 140 rows
colorway #6 ~ 49 rows (2 strands) + 13 transition rows (1 strand) = 63 rows
colorway #7 ~ 43 rows (2 strands) + 14 transition rows (1 strand) = 57 rows
colorway #8 ~ 36 rows (2 strands) + 7 transition rows (1 strand) = 43 rows


Here's a breakdown; beginning yardage is an estimate based on info from Strickwear, the weights are mine.

colorway #1 ~ started with 600 yds, 57 gr * used 137.84 yds, 13 gr * ended with 463.16 yds, 44 gr
colorway #2 ~ started with 600 yds, 57 gr * used 157.89 yds, 15 gr * ended with 442.11 yds, 42 gr
colorway #3 ~ started with 600 yds, 56 gr * used 182.14 yds, 17 gr * ended with 417.
86 yds, 39 gr
colorway #4 ~ started with 600 yds, 57 gr ~ used 378.95 yds, 36 gr * ended with 221.05 yds, 21 gr
colorway #5 ~ started with 600 yds, 57 gr ~ used 389.47 yds, 37 gr * ended with 210.53 yds, 20 gr
colorway #6 ~ started with 600 yds, 57 gr ~ used 189.47 yds, 18 gr * ended with 410.53 yds, 39 gr
colorway #7 ~ started with 600 yds, 58 gr ~ used 155.17 yds, 15 gr * ended with 444.83 yds, 43 gr
colorway #8 ~ started with 300 yds, 28 gr ~ used 139.29 yds, 13 gr * ended with 160.71 yds, 15 gr

The finished shawl weighs in at 5.7 oz / 164 gr and based on the cost of the yarn it cost $33.42. I cast on on 12/9/07 and bound off on 5/11/09.

This was a very frustrating knit for me. The shawl is knit in garter stitch which makes it reversible but very difficult (for me) to fix any errors. Also while I was knitting I couldn't for the life of me find a straight line of stitches that went between the pattern repeats although blocked I can clearly see it. I used place markers and counted between each and every pattern repeat on both sides. Still I continually
messed up and frogged back to the life lines many, many times. I also put a new life line in at the beginning of very 12 row repeat. I also kept five or six life lines intact in case I needed them. I never did but they were there.

I did two lace scarves and one lace baby blanket while I was doing this one, among other things. This is by far the most complicated lace project I've ever done and it's not that complicated. I learned a lot knitting it. I'm glad it's done but I miss working on it.

And the best part is my SIL loves it.

blogging to: sounds of the birds outside the open window

reading: The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
and
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America by Ann Coulter
and
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse." ~ Thomas Sowell

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