Ladies I have a finish! I am very excited to introduce you to the Sidewalk Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin. This is one of the oldest patterns I have in my Ravelry library and I finally took the plunge. You see when you actually go through all of your yarn and make a list of what you have, you start to get some ideas about a project or two.
I remember printing off this pattern years ago and running to Joann's and trying to find the yarn that was suggested. That was Debbie Stroller Bamboo Ewe which I believe had been discontinued by that point. Instead I bought Vicki Howell Sheep(ish) when it was made by Caron. It is now made under the Bernat label so I am really dating this yarn, it has been in my stash for probably 6 years or more. Still stash yarn or not I have never given it away because I love the color. Of course I should have been finishing my Harvest sweater but I got sidetracked once again.
You see I was starting to whine a little bit using those double pointed needles for the sleeves. They sort of, in a very small way, make the ring finger on my left hand hurt. Now I am talking minor, minor pain here but still it was enough for me to want to dive into some crochet for a breather. It obviously does not take much to make me get distracted when it comes to playing with yarn.
The above photo is before this shawl was blocked. This was a hot mess I tell you and I was a bit concerned that it would not block out as beautifully as I had hoped, but it did.
So here are the specifics, 4 balls of Vicki Howell Sheep(ish) discontinued yarn in the color grey(ish). The dye lot is 08/2011 which sounds a lot like the year I bought it in. Totaling 660 yards of yarn using a size J hook. I think now that I am looking at it I could have gone up another hook size and it would have been a bit more lacy. The yarn was a little rough in the making but steamed out to be softer with a nice sheen to it. Now friends it says do not use an iron with this yarn right on the ball band, but you know me I can't block a thing without steam so I took my chances.
As much as I love this shawl it is not for me, but for someone dear to me. I hope she will like it and wrap it around her shoulders on chilly mornings. I am already stalking my stash for more yarn to make another Sidewalk Shawl, the possibilities are endless. So that is another 660 yards I can cross off my list, hooray for me! But unfortunately I still have four more balls of this yarn so I can't completely cross it off, *insert sad face here.*
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Have a great day.