When I first counted up the swatches needed for ShawlStar I couldn’t believe it – it was almost 40!
But like most things, I actually learned a bunch from the experience. I mean, I’m in no hurry to do it again, but it turned out to be a good thing.
Things I Learned
I actually grew from the experience and learned a lot, including:
- Shapes that I liked.
Crescent shawls will always be my choice, but it turns out that the half-pi (half-circle) and the heart are close seconds.
- New (to me) shapes that I didn’t think I’d like.
I got very intrigued by the half-crescent (cornucopia or nautilus) shape as well as the logarithmic spiral.
- Confirmation that I prefer garter stitch and don’t enjoy working stockinette.
Well, enough said, right? It’s very much a personal preference but I do think that if I’m choosing a stockinette project it’ll be in the round so I can avoid purling.
- I can actually use DPNs and be OK with it.
Although I’d still MUCH rather knit things magic loop. But it did feel empowering to know that I could.
What I got from the experience
I’m really glad for this experience. I learned a lot:
- things I like
- things I don’t like
- different ways to achieve the same shape (including some new-to-me)
- lots of opportunities for blocking and comparing blocking methods
- techniques I can actually do but didn’t think I could!
Plus I got the satisfaction of crossing a HUGE thing off my list!
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