I made a dozen potholders in a week. I made a sweater in a week. Things are coming to an end too fast for me these days.
I’m feeling the lack of a gargantuan project, so the other night I waddled over to my tray of Felted Tweed, which has been resting decoratively in the corner of the room since I finished my intarsia scarf.
It’s time, I thought. It’s now. It’s time for a whopper.
Let’s Have a Look, Shall We?
The project is the Garter Stripe Shawl (Rav link), one of the most epic projects we have featured in a Field Guide. I’ve had it in my queue since we first saw Kaffe Fassett’s (large) swatch for it, back before Field Guide No. 13: Master Class had a definite shape.
The final shawl clocks in at 42″ x 72″ (106 cm x 182 cm). Three and a half feet by six feet, basically.
This is me, five years from now.
It’s not a throw. It’s not quite a blanket. It’s a thranket, and I am here for it.
It’s Kaffe Fassett as his most elemental: stripes, in garter stitch, in varying widths and (of course) varying colors.
The pattern calls for 14 colors in varying quantities, so we cooked up a bundle for that in the MDK Shop because we knew that somewhere, somebody was going to need to jump on this thing.
This is what garter stitch was born to be.
It’s a robust quantity of yarn (30 balls is what I call robust). But it’s the yarn you need for the project that will be your enduring companion for the weeks and quite possibly months, years, and decades ahead.
I’m going with my Tray of Snax. I reserve the right to augment my bits ’n’ bobs, but I’m hoping I can work with what I’ve got here.
How’s this going to go? I have no idea.
Really, I’m off to the races. Now that I’ve cast on 252 stitches.
I have a lot of thoughts and superspecific Rules I’m going to be using, but let’s not get too far into the details right now. For the moment, I’m lobbing out this postcard just to mark the embarkation, the sunset sailaway, the first stop on what looks to be a trip around the world. “We made our flight! We’re on our way! I almost lost my passport!”