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Aug 17, 2014

WIP | Dojeling Oyster Bay Shawl

This year has been about focusing, finishing and frogging, the strategy I've adopted in an effort to accomplish more by doing less.

The upside? Overall, this approach is working. Typically, there's one major WIP on the needles along with a few projects in the concept and swatching stages. As a comparatively slow knitter, this hard-won restraint is the best way for me to start and finish a project within a reasonable timeframe.

The downside? Every now and then, the call of the wool is too strong to resist.

While the Twegen afghan in warm coffee tones continues to perk in the background, progress has slowed a bit. Why you ask? For reasons I can't explain, two stashed skeins of Tern (Quince & Co.) in Boothbay Blue and Oyster attracted my attention.

So simple. So sedate. So understated.


So sly and seductive. That humble little start quickly turned into this: 


Then it grew into this:


And now it's evolved into this:


It's a concept I've been toying with for awhile and now that it's on the needles, it's revealed something quite terrifying: Shawls, like afghans and potato chips, are dangerously addictive.

Why didn't you warn me?

UPDATE

17 comments:

  1. er ... um

    WARNING: Shawls can be addictive!

    (Too little too late, right?!)

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  2. I am amazed that so much has come from those two little balls. It looks fabulous. I have not knitted a shawl, although I have crocheted a few. But plan to. I have a whole list of them queued so I hope they are as addictive as you say. Love your pictures. :-)

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  3. Wow, this is really beautiful - the simple and understated 'more by doing less' works very well. I wish I wouldn't always get so excited by the flashy colours in the yarn shop!

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  4. Love the clean simplicity of this- lovely way of blending two yarns and also stash knitting.

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  5. The colors are so serene. Beautiful.

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  6. I am so addicted to shawls! My friends make fun of me all the time because that's mostly what I knit these days.

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  7. That is beautiful!! What a detailed and stunning project! You are really good at take photos of your work as well.

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  8. beautiful! I have at least three projects going at once, for whatever knitting mood I'm in. One must be portable for those car rides or waiting times.

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  9. addictive, yes. But calorie free!! haha.
    and yours is lovely.

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  10. I'm addicted to shawls too! They're one of my favorite things to knit!!!

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  11. Beautiful, I love shawls to, but don't wear them, so have to curb the urge unless it is to give away! Your photos are lovely.

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  12. I loved reading your post. I think your writing is stellar. And Quince and Co yarn is my favorite. It just is. I finally got the color cards and it's such a treat to have them all to gaze at:)

    Found you through Frontier Dreams' KCCO.

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  13. very very pretty, those two colors are perfect together!

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  14. Love those two colours together! beautiful!

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  15. I love the colors of the yarns and living in the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island I love the name also. Such a pretty pattern. I have yet to knit a shawl. I guess I am now forewarned that they are addicting.

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  16. Those colours make a stunning combination.

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  17. Ha! I just cast on another shawl too. They might be more addictive than socks.

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-b

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