If this shawl looks familiar, it’s because I’ve already knitted it before, not too long ago. In fact, now that I’ve checked the previous post, I’d finished it less than a month before the second version.
My first Kindness Shawl 2018 KAL was made for a friend. At least in theory… because at the time of my annual meeting in Brussels I decided to take it with me. It was just a perfect match for my spring coat, better than anything in my wardrobe, and I knew I had another skein of identical yarn, so I decided just to keep the first version and re-knit it again after return. I actually took the yarn and needles with me, but the whole Brussels stay was so busy that I was in the hotel only to shower and catch some sleep – no time for anything else (seriously, 12 hours long work meetings, evening socializing because, after all, I only see my co-workers twice a year, and that Belgian beer is just too good!)! So I started knitting it as soon as I returned to Dublin.
I decided to knit it this time without any changes to the original pattern: no additional rows or lace section repeats. The result is that the shawl is visibly smaller (bonus: I was able to block it on my foam mat, while the first version was way too big), but also only has a tiny touch of red at the edge, instead of the larger section from the previous shawl. I think my friend is going to like it more this way than with a large red section. I’ve been considering getting rid of the red edging completely, but I think it livens up the shawl and gives it a unique character. At least I like it this way!
Interesting (well, for me at least…) observation: knitting a lace pattern for the second time is so much easier and faster! It was as if my mind and hands remembered the pattern and I didn’t have to stay too focused to work on it this time. I guess it’s that magic thing called muscle memory?
Now that the shawl is ready, I decided to have another go (after last year’s failed attempts) at some summer knits. It feels strange. I’m so not used to less stretchy, cotton or linen-based yarns! I still don’t know if I’m going to finish any of the planned summer projects successfully this time, but I will definitely write about it soon 🙂