While I was at the Spring Fling I wanted to knit something that was mindless and easy to work on while chatting with friends. Enter Daybreak!
I’ve been wanting to knit this shawl since it came out way back when but I never got around to it. Plus, I was always a little wary of what colors I would work with – the most paralyzing decision of all when doing stripes, IMO. But I figured this would be a perfect time to work on one and just leapt in. I knew I wanted to make the shawl out of Fiberphile MCN Luxe Sock as it is one of my all-time favorite yarns AND I have a large stash of it – thus making it easy to pick two different colors. After a lot arguments with myself, I settled on colors A, B, and C. I asked the hubby and my sister to choose between AC or BC and the choice was unanimous, so AC it was.
That’s Pele’s Fire and Happy Accident #14 and, as my sister said, they look perfect together. And, obviously, I agree!
The work wasn’t quite as mindless as I was expecting because during Section 1 you have to COUNT halfway to the marker to increase and that was a bit of pain when all I was doing was chatting away and not paying too much attention to the number of stitches on my needles! But that’s okay… I still got through it and didn’t mess up once (amazingly enough)!
But don’t be too impressed because when I hit the “easier” section 2 I did mess up by not slipping the center stitch to create the vertical “line” down the middle! Oh well. By the time I noticed I could have easily ripped it back (it was only 4 rows) but didn’t want to… and I don’t much care that the shawl is “naked” down the middle. It’s beautiful anyway! 😀
I also changed it up a bit by knitting 22 stripes of each color (instead of 20) and only 4 purl ridges (instead of 7) for the lower border. I really like how the larger stripe section stands out when wearing it as a scarf, so I’m very happy with my decision.
I would totally recommend this shawl to everyone, but I’m afraid I’m one of the last people ever to knit one… so I guess I’d just be preaching to the choir, no? 😉
Pattern – Daybreak by Stephen West (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Fiberphile MCN Luxe Sock in Pele’s Fire and Happy Accident #14 (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US4 (3.5mm)
Cast on – April 28, 2011
Cast off – May 9, 2011
Modifications – Knit 22 stripes of each color and only knit 4 purl ridges of the dark color on the edging. I also omitted the center slipped stitches.
And before I leave you, I wanted to share with you all some fireworks that were being set off over the Statue of Liberty the other night. I’ve already shown you fireworks from this vantage point before, but this time there was a beautiful red/orange moon right next to it and I couldn’t help myself and grabbed the camera. I love the shots that came out!
And then it was the finale and the entire Statue was obscured by the fireworks. So cool!
I just love living in an apartment with a view like this… you never know when the perfect opportunity for a picture will present itself! 🙂