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So, how much knitting and crocheting have YOU done this summer?

I have to admit that this may have been my most laid-back summer for many years.  I’ve been fighting some tension and knots in my upper back and decided to take the knitting easy while the weather was hot and sticky.  I hadn’t really finished anything since that super fast, super chunky scarf in Oskar, until last night.  I just cast off my latest Color Affection shawl and here it is in all its blocked glory!

Pattern: Color Affection Shawl, by Veera Välimäki, available as a Ravelry Download
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, 1 skein each of 3 colors (1207, 12177, 12176)
Notes: By the time I got to the third section with the short-rows (which are very, very easy – it’s a great intro to short-rows), I had the proper number of stitches.  In the end, I have no idea how many stitches I bound off.  I know I probably missed an increase here or there but didn’t worry too much about it.  I just kept short-rowing that last section until I used up all my stitches, and then worked for 2″ in the berry color.  By counting the stripes, I think I have a few more short rows than is called for in the pattern, but I still had more than enough yarn to complete the project.

These kinds of projects are really wonderful.  The meditative, mind-saving projects that let you pick them up, put them down, watch TV, cram them into a project bag and carry them with you wherever you go.  This is my second Color Affection; my first was in a laceweight and was lighter a much more delicate.  In a fingering weight, this one is much more substantial and feels more like a good winter shawl.

Binding off the last stitch felt freeing.  It was great to finish something after such a long break!  I then, almost instantly thought, WHAT’S NEXT?!  We still have our summer knitalong coming up, since we’ve been waiting on the yarn all this time.  A few others have asked me about a fall knitalong and I just had a brainstorm about a great pattern to use!  So, that’s what’s on my to-do list – what are you looking forward to, now that fall is just around the corner?