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After my last post, some of you may have been wondering – “Alright, if she’s not going to knit something for all 47 categories, how many things IS she going to knit?”
Honestly, I’m not sure. I have plans, some of them quite specific. I also have a job, and classes, and those are quite specific in their demands as well. At the moment, looking at what I’ve already decided I’m thinking…more than 10, less than 30? I’m eyeing the sock and sweater categories in particular – these will vary widely with the time I have available.
However, I am helped along, one more, by the fair’s “completed in the three years prior” rule. That means that I can also submit a few projects knit this past year or while I was in Japan. There’s one in particular that deserves a second chance.
This is my Cats Day shawl. The pattern is by Hazel Carter, and I knit it from Knit Picks Shadow (Oregon Coast Heather). Honestly, it was a pain in the tush to knit. It used a construction that I now recognize as standard, but was unfamiliar at the time – the middle section is knit flat, back and forth. Stitches are picked up around the edge and the large border is knit in the round. Finally the edging is knit on, worked back and forth – imagine a Sisyphean cast-off where you are required to go 14 steps forward and then take 13 steps back.
I did love the finished project and entered it this year in the fair in Lot 356 – Stole (rectangle); light wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width.
…just one little problem. I was thinking like this – “Rectangle, as opposed to a circular or triangular shawl” (both common shapes) and “Squares are special rectangles.”
The judges did not agree. They were nice about it – they tried to move it to the correct category, which wasn’t possible since I already had something entered there. Instead, they urged me to resubmit it next year. Which is exactly what I’m going to do.
The remaining lots for shawls are broken down by yarn weight (16 in or less is a scarf):
353 – Shawl or stole; hvy wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width
354 – Shawl or stole; med wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width
355 – Shawl; light wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width
Heavy weight yarn is worsted weight to bulky, medium is sport to DK, and lightweight is shetland to fingering. I’m leaving the heavy weight option alone for now – it’ll be a good category if I get to next July and have some spare time. For light weight, I am still weighing my options.
However, I have a shawl in sport weight that I knit last year around Christmas that will do nicely for the medium weight category.
This is a Swallowtail Shawl, pattern by Evelyn Carter. I’ve knit a Swallowtail Shawl in one form or another every year since 2008, but I’d always done them in lace or fingering weight yarn. Last year, I wanted to see what a heavier weight shawl would feel like. This one took 396 meters of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (Potting Soil Mix), which funnily enough is one meter more than the amount of yarn in three skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. I ended up subbing in a small amount of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, which I happened to have in the same colorway.
So that is it for the shawl categories! Next time, it’s all about the mitten lots.