Pie R Square shawl

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Yarn: Noro Sarubia is 60% silk, 40% kid mohair
Manos del Uruguay 100% wool
Cascade Pastaza 50% llama, 50% wool
Gauge: 4st=1” (maybe?)
Status: Needs blocking but who cares, I’m calling it done

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Aug 9 2006

Actually this damn thing has been done for weeks. I just haven’t gotten around to putting up these glorious photos.

It took less than a skein of Cascade Pastaza to crochet the edging. It’s a simple bit of crochet, just some half-double or something like that to give a bit of a scalloped edge. I know just enough crochet to pull off something like this.

Like the colors? Aren’t they wild. Oh baby, yeh. This thing is a heavy monster. I might keep it around to throw over my shoulders in winter, but I’m not leaving the house wearing it.

Or might inflict bestow it upon some poor soul lucky recipient.

Jul 8 2006

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I’m into the lace portion of this shawl. Here’s a closeup view. The green is a pattern called Harebell. I think that must be some type of flower. Either way, I rather like it and it’s easy to work.

The yellow portion (and the upcoming orange and pink portions) I don’t remember the name of. It’s a ribbed sort of thing, easy to work back and forth.

Now that I’ve got other colors involved, the Noro section of the shawl is looking distinctly purple to my eye.

Jun 20 2006

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We’ve gone beyond ugly to OMG what were you thinking?

As with all projects I start to use up existing stash, I ran out of yarn and had to buy more. I decided to just go crazy and get something really striking.

This is all the lime. The next color will be gold, then orange and pink. I’ve got some nice heathery purple to edge it with. Goodness knows how it’ll all look in the end.

The funniest part of this whole project is dealing with the yarn store ladies. They seem to actually like this Noro. They kept picking out colors of yarn that would actually coordinate with the butt-ugly Noro and look intentionally designed. I had to keep saying no, I want something wild and crazy.

May 14 2006

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Yep, it’s still ugly.

It doesn’t look like much and probably never will. I’m not planning to wear this thing out of the house – I’m not the shawl-wearing type. But it would be nice to have something to throw around my shoulders on cool evenings.

Maybe I’ll give it away.

Apr 23 2006

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There’s no getting around it. This yarn is ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. I bought it a bajillion years ago only because it was on sale. I haven’t known what to do with it since.

I dragged it along with me to Tangle, a new-ish yarn store in Lake Oswego. I had a gift certificate I wanted to use. I had the idea I could pair it with a solid color and make a Japanese-inspired jacket. Now that I’ve passed my brown-black test I feel I’ve been released. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, with knitting, the garden, web site designing. So it was off to the yarn store.

This stuff is just ugly. There’s a reason it was on sale – no one wanted it. It’s nothing but warm greys without any overtones or undertones I could match. Everything clashed. Except pink and purple and I’m just not a pink and purple person. I realized I would never be happy wearing it. The nice lady at Tangle helped me talk myself into making a scarf. I could definitely see it as a scarf. Then the neutrals would be an advantage, not a disadvantage.

By the time I got back home, I didn’t feel like doing a scarf. I thought, hmm, it would be nice to have a shawl to wrap myself in when it’s cold. I’ve never tried a Pi R Square shawl (one of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s brilliant unventions). Why not?

I’ll see how far I get with the yarn. With a shawl I’d be willing to throw in some vibrant pink, maybe as an edging, maybe as some interspersed stripes. We’ll see how it goes.

Page updated Wed Aug 09, 2006, 23:58 PM

  1. According to a long meandering rant I wrote on e2, knitting is really just a way that the corporate masters of society keep us from revolutionary change. Of course, writing rants is another way of keeping us from change.

    Matthew Harris    Sun Apr 23, 05:30 PM    #