Affectionately Yours

I’ve had my eye on the pattern, Color Affection by Veera Välimäki, for a while now. I’m not sure why I’m so late to the party, except that life this year has been quite busy. I had planned on casting on for this project in May – had my 3 skeins of Foot Notes yarn all picked out and set aside. Then my friend, Pam, came to a festival and asked if I could recommend a set of colors for her to knit up her own color affection shawl. Knowing it was going to be a while before I could find time to work on this and wanting very badly to see how the colors played out, I showed her the three skeins I thought worked well together. She cast on, knit her shawl, gave me a sheet of stitch counts for keeping track of increases, went to Meg’s knitting camp and took 8th place with the shawl in the fashion show – yes, she’s THAT fabulous a knitter. It worked out very well for both of us since I got to see how the colors worked up – exactly as I envisioned.

In June, I started thinking about the Color Affection shawl again and running different color combinations around in my mind – mostly while I was production dyeing. Random fact about production dyeing – you do A LOT of day dreaming. So after knitting the color affection in my head in dozens of different colors, I thought it might be fun to see how the colors play out in this pattern if gradients were used. The following photos are the color affection currently on my needles.

The knitty-gritty details for those inquiring minds: one braid each Chocolate to Dusty Aqua, Holly to Ebony, and Smoke on the Water. Each was divided in half lengthwise, spun, and 2-plied to give a fingering-weight yarn of 425 – 470 yards. All skeins were knitted beginning at the end lightest in color. Main color: Holly to Ebony. Contrasting color 1: Smoke on the Water, Contrasting color 2: Chocolate to Dusty Aqua.

I ended up making the shawl quite a bit larger than the pattern called for since I wanted to include most of the gradient. It’s still on the needles (I’m working on the border currently) so I don’t actually have a concrete idea of how large it is going to be – I’m trying to convince myself that it doesn’t matter if it turns out blanketing the majority of Cincinnati. Since it will (mostly) be a store model, it only needs to fit inside the booth. Right? Hoping to cast off later this week – if you can’t find me, I’ll be the one pinned under the giant color affection blanket shawl.

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