Knitting Series: The Biggest Shawl in the Entire World

Let’s talk about what I’m knitting.

First, for those not familiar with knitting lingo, let’s discuss some jargon, because I’m going to be using a lot of it in this post.

An FO is a Finished Object. It’s relatively self-explanatory, it’s a knitting project that is finished. It does get a little more complicated when you take into consideration the various aspects of finishing. Typically an FO is at the very least off the needles, but then you must also consider, are the yarn ends woven in? Has it been seamed? Has it been blocked? Has it been worn?

For my purposes, photos of FOs will at least be off the needles with ends woven in and seams done up, if necessary. They will not necessarily be blocked.

Now before any knitters make a fuss about this, I do know that blocking is important for most projects. I usually do eventually block all my FOs. It’s just that I tend to do as much blocking as possible at once, rather than a bit here and there. For example, right now I have 3 items to block, and all 3 of them will be included in this post in their pre-blocked state.

It also occurs to me that any non-knitters reading this post won’t know what blocking is. Essentially, it’s setting your piece. A good blocking will even out stitches and set them so that they won’t become misshapen by wearing.

Anyway, moving on.

Similar to FO, a UFO is an UnFinished Object. This is not the same thing as a WIP, which is a Work In Progress. A UFO is not being worked on. It is not yet done, but has for some reason lost knitting desirability. It sits on the needles or holders until the knitter can motivate themselves to finish. (Or decides the project isn’t worth it any longer, and dismantles it.)

A WIP is whatever project(s) a knitter is currently working on.

So, with those definitions settled, we can move onto the fun part – showing off my projects!

Let’s start with WIPs. Just two of them right now, but I’m usually a monogamous knitter, so even that many is quite a lot for me!

This is a scarf that I’m working on for my boyfriend for his birthday in December. It’s going to be two skeins of Cat Sock Fibers yarn in the colorway Browncoats, on their Mutini Tweed base. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this yarn while I’ve been knitting it, people really seem to love the little black and grey blips that make it Tweed.

I’m almost finished with the first skein, and let me tell you, I forgot how tedious scarf knitting can be. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pattern! It’s called Dunaway, by Julie Hoover, and it’s perfect. It just gets a bit dull when I have to knit hundreds upon hundreds of rows.

I’m also working on some simple socks. I’m using Sockmatician’s Toe-Ups for my heel construction, but otherwise it’s just basic stockinette through the whole foot and leg.

The yarn for these is called Paws, by Brenda and Heather Yarns. In case you’re not from Michigan, this self-striping colorway is in the colors of the Detroit Tigers, one of my dad’s favorite sports teams.

I also want to note that this yarn is a Targhee wool blend, which I was very excited to work with. So far I’m absolutely loving it for sock knitting. It seems to be very strong, and the twist holds really well, which is perfect for the several times I’ve already had to rip back and redo it because I couldn’t get the sizing right.

That’s it for my WIPs, leta move on to FOs.

The Sockhead Hat is one of my favorite patterns. Including these two gorgeous pieces, I’ve already knit FIVE of these babies since I found the pattern last year. It’s so easy and it wears great!

I knitted both of these for my brother, one is for his upcoming birthday, and the other is for Christmas (yes, I am extremely proud of my forward-thinking Christmas knitting).

This red one is kitted in Malabrigo Mechita, in the Cereza colorway. I almost always knit these hats in this single-ply yarn, it shows great stitch definition, and the yarn is super soft and squishy (two ideal features in any yarn).

I thought I’d try something different for the second hat, so I knit it in Malabrigo Sock in the Pocion colorway. It definitely looks and feels different from the Mechita, but I like it! I’m interested to see how they wear differently, but my brother will have to let me know on that front.

Ok, so, I have to admit something. The primary reason for making this post was not to update you on my knitting progress.

I made this post because this shawl took me so long, and caused me so much grief, and dammit, I wanted to show it off!

I started this beauty in December, and I slaved over it. The ruffled bottom ended up being a LOT longer than I expected, and even my 40″ circs struggled to keep it contained. I ponderously worked away at that ruffled bottom for weeks, but I have to admit, I could not be happier with it.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so pleased with the result of my knitting. I almost cried when I wove in the last end, and I couldn’t stop smiling.

Do any of you have projects like this, where you underestimated the amount of effort it would take? Let me know in the comments!

Speaking of the comments, if you like hearing about my WIPs and FOs, let me know in the comments, and I might make an update a regular feature on this blog!

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