Ladies I had a vision for this beautiful yarn a bought a few weeks ago. I stopped by the yarn store just before school was out, treating myself to some new yarn to get me through the summer. Now you and I both know that is ridiculous, because frankly I can stop by at least one day a week because I am close by due to work. Still somehow I justified it all in my head and I bought more yarn.
My vision was using these three colors to make some sort of color block shawl. I envisioned fan shapes or something like that and failed miserably to find a pattern that suited my aspirations for this yarn. I researched Ravelry, I spent many hours on Pinterest and could not find the right pattern. So I tried to make a pattern work. Let me just saying forcing yarn to turn into a project it is not meant to be for is a big no-no. Yarn knows what it wants to be. Sometimes it will wait years in your stash for just the right project. It will simmer, nudging its way to the top of the stash just when you need it. I should have listened.
I kept coming back to this pattern, the Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland. Let me just say this pattern is wonderful, well worth the money as it is so descriptive. You will never be lost in it. It is wonderful and darn if I should have actually done what the pattern said. I am not saying this finished shawl isn't nice, it is it just is not my vision of what I wanted this yarn to become. But as I have said before, time is not ever wasted when playing with yarn. I am putting this in my gift bin, to be given to someone in the future. It was still made with love, it was still made by me, it just is not what I had envisioned and so therefore it is going in time out just for a little bit. I can't punish a project for too long when it was me who made the error.
The particulars are Juniper Moon Farm Zooey yarn in the shades toasted coconut, carnation pink and sloop. Approximately 200 yards of each color, give or take a little here and there. I used a size H hook but could have gone up a size.
I know I will make the Sunday Shawl again because if you know me at all you know I am obsessed with making things the right way. Well that is once it has not worked well, which would make you think I would be more careful when selecting a project and yarn. I am also obsessed with making things several times so it is just a matter of time before this gets back on the hook. Actually I am searching for yarn already, see my friends I am not well!
I am struggling with my Mezzaluna crescent wrap. I am thinking my brain is not working really well these days as I can't read the pattern right. I found some other alternatives to the written pattern in the projects pages here and here. I seem to be able to understand these directions better. They might help you too if you are so inclined to make this along with me. I think I am just plain tuckered out from work, the heat, family life, etc.
This is a special weekend for one little boy I know. More on that later. Hope you all are having a wonderful week.