I don’t think I look too much like a granny. What do you think?
This is the Pop Spots Shawl from Loop, knitted using Tosh Sock merino wool. There are over 300 versions of this pattern on Ravelry. (If you do a generic search for ‘Shawl’ on Ravelry, over 30,000 entries come up!)
The Pop Spots Shawl is relatively simple to knit, although the nearly 70 triangles on the lace edge did test my patience. I first began this in May 2013 in Skiathos, as blogged about here, continued it in the Isle of Wight in August and finally finished it this weekend when my sister offered to take some photos for me. It shouldn’t take eight months to knit this shawl; I kept putting it down for other knitting projects.
I was very glad I invested in some blocking wires. There’s a great, short video around blocking a shawl here. I’ve read loads of advice about the best surface to pin out on, but no surface (including my exercise mat) was big enough. My advice? Just get a huge, clear space of clean carpet and pin into that, first making sure that no colour will bleed from your damp wool. It makes me laugh a lot that my shawl blocking was monitored by David Bowie. (And above him, out of sight, Johnny Cash.)
I’ve found this shawl eminently wearable. It’s my comfort blanket of choice when working at my desk by the draughty sash window. But the big question is, does knitting and wearing a shawl herald a certain stage in my life? A stage once marked by dentures, blue rinses, and toasted muffins? I think you should look at my Pinterest Shawl Board if you want an answer to that silly question.
My blocking wires weren’t cheap and I’m keen to put them to use again. Any other shawl projects you’d recommend? I don’t like complicated knitting – I like meditative knitting in front of the telly with a G&T. What shawl do you think I should knit next?