My beautiful Daybreak Shawl is finally done! I cast it on a few weeks ago thinking it would be a quick knit. I knit on it after I had my wisdom teeth out, very slowly back and forth when my addled brain couldn’t cope with much more than back and forth. I knit on it as my health improved. And I was still going on it when I was well enough to head back to work. It seemed to take forever! It took longer than my deadline – my MIL”s birthday is long past now, so I hope she will love it enough to forgive its lateness.
I’ve had this pattern for ages, and even cast on for it once before. I wasn’t inspired by black, which my first was worked in. But when the lovely ball of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in the fuchsienbeet colourway decided to make its home in my stash, I found myself wanting to cast it on straight away. I teamed it with a ball of Naturally Waikiwi Merino-Alpaca-Nylon sock yarn, using every last bit up. It makes a lovely contrast and really allows the bright colours to shine through.
The shawl pattern offers three sizes. I managed to knit a unique mash-up that wasn’t really any of them… I started with a medium for section A, then I did fewer stripes when I ran out of grey. The edging was also one repeat shorter as I didn’t want to end on the purple. My mother in law likes bright colours and I often see her in orange, also I wanted to end on one of the colours that had been dominant.
I adore the shape of the shawl – it’s more of a cresent than I’ve knit before, and I think it will be able to worn tied at front or wrapped around cosily like so…
It was so much fun playing with colour for a change. Knitting for others does seem to encourage me to step outside my comfort zone of the usual colours I’d knit, and I’d encourage you to do the same. If you are looking for a NZ supplier of the Zauberball, I got mine at Vintage Purls – she’s got some lovely colourways in stock.