Remember the Color Affection KAL we had a few months ago? I have some lovely results to show you. There are at least a dozen others that were knit in the store, and these are the ones I've photoed so far. All of these use Madelinetosh Merino Light.
This one belongs to Heather, who knit hers as the store sample using the Merino Light that I had originally intended for my Creekbed scarf last year; colors are Magnolia Leaf, Golden Hickory and Filigree (oh, how I adore Filigree). But you might remember that the pattern was an unenjoyable knit for me and I tore it out and didn't feel guilty about it at all. So now that yarn has been knit into a beautiful Color Affection shawl that will be on display here at the store!
Next is a shawl that belongs to Liz, someone who we adore and have a good time with when she shops with us. I feel like I have something in common with Liz b/c I second guess my color choices when I use more than one in a project. I need someone to coerce me out of my normal gray-on-gray color choices. When Liz chose these colors, she wasn't quite sure about the combo since the Worn Denim didn't full-on-match the Seaside multicolor. But they blended beautifully as you can tell here because of Hickory being a go-between. I love this color choice, don't you? It's my understanding that she is gifting this finished shawl to someone special. A completely selfless endeavor I think- I definitely would have a hard time giving this up!
Finally, my shawl. I originally chose Charcoal, Firewood and Hickory for my shawl. But after knitting the first two sections, I decided to sub Vintage Sari instead of Hickory. This was quite a step for me, because the neutral Hickory would have been the safe choice. But the pinks of the Vintage Sari took this shawl to another level and makes me less affraid to knit and wear color. I wear a lot of gray and black, and I think this shawl will make a nice accent to my fall and winter wardrobe. I don't wear shawls much, as my family life and workday don't allow for flowing garments, but I plan to instead wear it wrapped around my neck like a scarf with my black wool coat all winter. I'll wear it like it is wrapped around the post shown here.
I had a really fun time knitting along with others at the store. I felt like it helped me to get this shawl accomplished in a somewhat short timeline, especially since I just finished it a few weeks before having Henry. The design was simple enough that I didn't get held up with questioning myself all the time, and it shows off the colors of the yarn we all chose really well. And it's the type of design that will have non-knitters stopping and asking where I got such a fabulous scarf, and I can say "I made it!!"