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FO: Autumnal shawl

Pattern: Milkweed shawl by Laura Chau

Yarn: Socks that rock mediumweight in 24 karat

Needles: US 4

Notes: A bit early for this color perhaps, but come September I will be ready!  I had absolutely no problems with this pattern – there may have been some small errors (now corrected) in the written directions, but the charts were perfect.  I did get a wee bit tired of knitting – I long for something with purl rows now!  I always enjoy it when a pattern has everything written out, rather than making you guess, and this patttern answered all my questions.

The yarn… well, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.  It was kind of stiff, and had that superwash squeak that I enjoy so little.  It really needed blocking, because it was pretty stiff off the needles.  It did soften up ok, and I absolutely love the color!  I did a russian bind off on the last row, and all that K2tog killed my hands – I’m not sure it would usually, but this yarn was just so unforgiving for some reason!  I am very glad that the lovely color will not be hidden in my shoes, and I’m plotting more sock yarn as shawls and scarves.