Today I started the third octagon for the French Quilt Shawl. Since this is the third of three I figured it was about time I went stash diving for the next color.
I dug around but didn’t find anything appropriate in the right amount of yarn. You’d think with a stash the size of mine it would be easy but nope. So then I turned to my “to be dyed” stash and came up with these:
I’ll dye the blue to purple and the whitish to something blue-green/teal which will be for the connecting bits and the border. I’m hoping to have enough of the blue turned purple for the edging. (There’s more of both of these yarns.)
Here’s my terrible, a two-year-old could do better, quick drawing of the colors of the finished shawl.
Pathetic, isn’t it? Drawing is not one of my skills.
Anyway, there will be 3 octagons in each color, arranged checkerboard fashion. The connecting bits in the middle are squares and all of these pieces are sewn together. There are triangle bits to fill in the edges except for the corners which are left unfilled. Then there’s a border which is sewn on and an edging as well, also sewn on. I may or may not alter one or both of those to be knitted on.
Now these octagon have turned out bigger than expected as well as used more yarn than expected. I know from experience that borders and edgings take more yarn than you’d think. I may end up leaving off the edging, depending on how much yarn is left.
These are the two finished and blocked octagons. Badly and unevenly blocked. Mostly I just wanted to make it easier to sew together/pick up stitches. And get an idea of what size they will be. It’ll all get blocked again once finished.
They are about 15 inches across. So two wide is 30 inches and 3 long is 45 inches. I can expect to add another 8-10 inches per side with the border and edging. So 50 inches wide and 65 inches long. So much for not making a blanket. It’ll at least be lapghan sized.
I’ll probably dye the yarn tomorrow. It’ll take me most of the week (4 days on average so far) to knit the third octagon. By then the dyed yarn will be dry and I can start the next three.
In other news, there was sweater knitting over the weekend. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of yarn before the body is finished. Not to worry. That just means I need to spin and dye more. I have plenty of the fiber. When I have to set that sweater aside to wait for yarn, I’ll start the colorwork sweater. And maybe one of the other sweaters I have planned. Colorwork may not be good tv knitting.