Shawls, circus tents and planning

My Stephen West Shawlography Shawl is finished (bar the blocking) and I’m very happy with it! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed knitting on anything more than I have enjoyed knitting this shawl. I only got the ‘hurry up and be done feels’ on the last quarter of the final border, so I think that’s pretty good going.

Of course it’s all about the process! If you had shown me the finished shawl at the beginning of the knit-along, I might have said ‘hell no, I don’t want to knit that!’ It doesn’t exactly fit into my everyday wear. BUT, there will come a time when I do go back to work in an office, and hopefully I’ll fit back into a LBD, and this shawl will be a conversation piece…

I thought the final border was really fun, fun looking anyway, like a circus tent. The final result also reminds me of a Christmas Tree skirt, and the Christmas Tree Skirt I haven’t crocheted yet… but I digress.

So I’m hoping to finish off my WIPs by the end of November, a jumper and 2 pairs of socks (1 pair was just cast-on). So that I’ll be free in December to knit Christmas Tree decorations and work on my cosy memories blanket. I have a few Advent calendars coming, and I really can’t wait for December and the new year. Next year WILL be better won’t it?