Northern Cardinal Shawl
July (?) to December 6th

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I think that I started working on this shawl at about the same time as the linen scarf, then set it aside while I finished the scarf, so not much actually happened until September.

Here it is fresh off the needles - and that little bit of yarn beside it is all that was left of the 900 m skein of yarn!

(05:12:2019)

Knitting isn't finished until it's been washed and blocked - and setting up the blocking mats always attracts help!

(06:12:2019)
This shawl is a long narrow triangle - so long that it resulted in the purchase of a second set of blocking mats!

The mats here are laid to two feet wide by eight feet long, with the help of a TV tray at the foot of the bed and the box that the mats are stored in .

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Almost all pinned out - but what to do with the ends that are longer than the mats???

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The solution was one more wire to hold the fold in place, then fold the end back on itself.

There are fine wires run through both the straight and curved edges.

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All finished - pinning it out took so long that it was too dry, so it was spritzed with water to be sure to set the stretch and left to dry over night.

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Next morning - all the pins and wires removed - and the quality control inspector is back.

(07:12:2019)
Spread in a circle on the bed.

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Trying to fold it in half - Shadow definitely approves.

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With my helper removed, you can see that half of it stretches from the foot of the bed to the pillow. Notice how the stripes change as the length of the rows changes.

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This is a VERY long shawl!

The pattern - called "Earn Your Stripes" by Katrina King - was in the very last issue of Knitters magazine. It said that the triangle was to be 131 inches long by 22 inches deep, but the graphic was not to scale and there was no photo of the whole shawl. I thought it might be a typo!

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I achieved the 22 inch width, but "only" 121 inches in length - it could have been longer!

I used lace weight yarn from Songbird Yarn and Fibres instead of the sock yarn called for, so mine is a little lighter, but is soft and warm.

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Tying the ends together gets it somewhat under control.

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It will have to be worn with the ends tossed over the shoulders, or tied in a bow, or ????

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