The Endless Pursuit of Perfection: Updating the Twist Shawl

Perfection is an exhaustive pursuit.

As always, what was supposed to be easy-peasy design tweak didn’t exactly go as planned.

Because what ever goes as planned?

Yep.

Nada.

My carefully devised design release/knit production schedule?

Well.  I tried.

Note to self: don’t forget to update The Schedule. Two-month delay.

My quick and simple Twist Shawl update was fairly quick (six-ish weeks of hard core knitting), but missed the mark of perfection.

Of course.

I am trying to alter the shape a bit so it is more crescent-y and less triangular-y, although I think a lot of that is influenced by yarn choice (superwash vs. non-superwash) and blocking. All the same, perfect it must be!

While there was improvement, I still fell short of perfection.

Why: subtle adjustments result in subtle changes. Too subtle.

You want big results? Whelp, I guess you (I) have to go big!

There’s a lesson there: don’t hold back in life. Your shawls will end up the wrong shape. Although, as a consolation, they will drape well when worn (imperfect shape hardly evident).

I worked this baby up in The Fibre Company’s Cumbria (Cowberry) colorway. It’s going to be a gift for my mom. I think she’ll like the color, but I can’t say she’s much of a shawl person. Fashionable, she is not. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I have more fingering yarn ready to cake, ready for Try 2. I ended up with speckles On Accident, but I think everything will work out just fine in the end. (The universe acts in mysterious ways.)

I may be many things (fabulous, snarky, nonathletic), but a quitter I am NOT. Count down to Cast On.

There’s a pot of gold at the end of this Twist Shawl rainbow. I just know it.

P.S. Have you discovered my Facebook page, in case you need minor injections of snark between blog posts. Just saying.

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8 Comments

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple July 9, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Oooooh I know, knitters, all cut from the same yarn!!

  • Reply Stefanie July 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    That is a lovely, vibrant color. The texture is amazing.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise July 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    beautiful! I am sure you will be happy when you tweak the design. Trial and error!!

  • Reply Sierra July 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Great color! Good luck with your re-knit, I’ve been fairly lucky on the designing front and not needing to re-knit quite yet. I know my day is coming.

  • Reply Lisa Gordon July 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I think this is just beautiful, and I love the color.

  • Reply Nadja July 12, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Tell your mom it’s just a really large and extravagantly shaped scarf. Shawls make wonderful scarfs. That’s how I’ve been wearing my wedding shawl for the past 9 years. Otherwise I would never get to wear it anymore.

    Good luck re-knitting!

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