Really, the name of this shawl is good enough to be the title of the post, don't you think?
It's finished! I had it mostly done last night (a movie marathon helped; the girls wanted to watch the fifth Harry Potter movie, and then Rick and I watched The International). Then I knitted the last row and cast off early this morning, after being woken at yeurgh-o'clock by a UPS driver calling from the East Coast to ask about delivering Rick's father's birthday present. Seriously. I couldn't make this stuff up.
But it's finished!
I haven't blocked it yet. Do you all block garter-stitch knitwear like this? I suppose I should soak it and lay it out, if only to show it who's boss, but I haven't yet.
Isn't it lovely? I'm very happy with the colors, which remind me of a Monet painting. Maybe I should name it Giverny? (Pictures are all courtesy of Rick and his new camera, which beats the old one all to heck.)
It's got just the right amount of ruffle at the bottom for me. And I think that I used up as much of the yarn as I could have; I definitely did not have another row left in the ball when I was done.
It's like a cozy blanket that's pretty enough to drag around in public. Linus should have had it so good.
To summarize, this is Shawl That Jazz (Rav link), knitted in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted yarn, in the colorway Azure Malachite. I used pretty much all of two skeins, which puts this at about 1120 yards. Knitted on size 9 Knitpicks Harmony Options needles. I'm glad I went up a size, since I don't think I would have wanted the fabric any denser than this (thanks Anne and Kim for working that one out for me ahead of time!).
I'm so happy to have this done well in advance of the trip. I'm going to fool around with the second Fraggle sock until I leave, but I don't feel any pressure to have it done or anything. That leaves me the trip to knit the second half of Hillflower, and then three weeks once I'm home to knit a Twinings scarf for Sock Summit. Both of those goals feel manageable to me, and wait until you see the yarn Chris sent me for the Twinings -- absolutely edible.
Meanwhile, I think I like it.