Saturday, July 22, 2017

A FO, from start to finish: the Girl from the Grocery Store Shawl

I watch a lot of knitting podcasts on YouTube. So this year when the Grocery Girls teamed up with Joji Locatelli and the Girl from the Grocery Store shawl was born, I drank the kool aid and planned to knit one.


Now I have a lot of shawls for myself, so I also thought maybe I better cast this one on for someone else. I won't say who, only that they will be getting it for Christmas this year (and yes it is never too early to start on Christmas knitting).

I also wanted to dye the yarn for it myself.


I dyed up three skeins of yarn on Knit Picks Gloss Fingering (a beautiful 70% Merino, 30% silk yarn) and took them to Instagram for opinions on which to pick. The gold and the wine colour won out the day.


Alex and Dom agreed. Oh and notice how little they are in this pick, heck they still had their NG tubes when I cast this shawl on back in January!

This was a long term WIP, I knit most of it in the car, since it is a predominantly garter stitch shawl, with a consistent pattern, it makes for perfect car knitting.


But this month, I knew the end was in sight and that I'd better just get on with it. So I knit monogamously for two days and finished it off.


Dom even offered to model it for me, how can anyone resist those lips?


So here's my finished Girl from the Grocery Store shawl.


Not my favourite knit (all the garter gets boring once the rows get longer), and maybe not my personal style, but a beautiful FO. And I know the recipient will love it!

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