Colour Affection

24 Feb

I mentioned in a blog post in January that I was very close to finishing my Colour Affection shawl. I have now finished – I actually finished and blocked it last week, however I’ve only just had the chance to photograph it. I was very disciplined and didn’t knit anything else until it was finished. I have already got going on my jumper though and am enjoying how fast it is knitting up.

I had admired this pattern and the finished results of other knitters for a while and after seeing this blog post by Move Eat Create, quite some time ago (I love the colours used) I decided it was definitely going into my Ravelry queue.

Colour Affection close up
I chose colours I knew would go with the colours I wear, even though I was tempted to go down the bright and bold route. You can see what the exact yarns I went for in my ravelry projects.

I have to admit that my relationship with this shawl have been a little up and down at times. I think I’m suffering the same kind of disappointment that you get when someone tells you a film is amazing and you watch it eagerly anticipating great things and it turns out it was just ‘ok’. This is how I feel about this pattern, I expected wonderful things – after all over 11,000 ravelry members have knitted it, bit I think it may have just been over hyped for me.

Colour Affection - blocking

Stretched out it is pretty long, it hung over the end of a double bed!

Don’t get me wrong though – I think the pattern is rather clever and I love the overall effect, I just found the long rows towards the end a little tedious. I was very conscious of keeping my colour changes at the end of the rows quite loose, however I had a horrible sinking feeling after I cast off that it was all too tight and curly. However a good blocking sorted it out; I stretched the edge of the shawl until I thought it might break, then pinned the life out of it and left  it to dry.

finished colour affection

I must admit I strayed from the pattern slightly (& unintentionally). On the short row section I miss-read “k 3 past the previous wrapped st” and ended up including the wrapped stitch in the 3 stitches which mean I ended up knitting more short row than were intended, I realised when re-reading the pattern (after the project was hibernated so I could knit my Mum’s Christmas jumper) but at that point I’d done too many rows wrongly that I decided to continue as I had been doing. I also kept loosing track of the number of the double increase rows while doing the short rows, so I just abandoned them, it made keeping track of the pattern far easier and neither error had a detrimental effect on the finished article so it was alright in the end.

I've found I tend to wear it more like a scarf. I knotting it in 4ply so I can get away with this with out it being too bulky.

I’ve found I tend to wear it more like a scarf. I knitted it in 4ply so I can get away with wearing like this with out it being too bulky.

Overall I’m quite pleased with the end result despite my hic-ups. Now I can get stuck back into my jumper… it’s not grown much so far, but I’ve only been knitting once a week at knit group in the last couple of weeks as I’ve been busy with (what feels like) a million other projects.

I hope to be able to have it finisihed and wearing it before the end of winter....we'll see!

I hope to be able to have it finished and wearing it before the end of winter….we’ll see!

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8 Responses to “Colour Affection”

  1. roma1912 February 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    It’s beautiful, nifty idea of using 4 ply enjoy wearing your masterpiece

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    • nettynot February 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      Thank you, it is the perfect project for a few left over balls of 4ply-I already had the blue so just picked up new colours to go with it!

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  2. Move Eat Create February 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    It looks great! And, I love your color choices, as well. So versatile.

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    • nettynot February 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks, I’m enjoying wearing it, I hope yours is still keeping you warm 🙂

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  3. Stitchingyesteryear March 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    You’ve knitted a really beautiful shawl here – especially when you see it draped it’s a treasure.

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    • nettynot March 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      Thank you, I’ve been wearing it loads, it’s so cosy!

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    […] The first mention of the jumper, based on a pattern called Brick on Ravelry, was back in January last year where having started the jumper which I’d decided to knit with a lovely deep red colour just looked too Christmasy, so I ripped it back and decided to knit it with cream instead. I got well on the way with the jumper and soon discovered that as I had introduced a little fairisle into my stripes I had made the overall jumper a bit too sung around the arm pits, so I ripped it back again so that I could add a few more rows and increases before separating the sleeves and body. This is why I LOVE knitting top down jumpers in the round, I can try it on as I go and rectify my mistakes before I go too far. Although the problem was easy to rectify, I was a little fed up  having already ripped it back twice, the Jumper was hibernate for several months. It gave me a chance to finish my colour affection shawl. […]

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