This past week's project was another stash buster - 2 1/2 skeins of Quince & Co Chickadee in Carrie's Yellow, that I originally bought for my Petal capelet. I started off with the intention of making a Lola Shawl, but then just wasn't feeling the lace pattern. I thought with this bright sunny yellow, a simple shawl with fringe to spice things up would be fun. Well, I ran out of yarn, so the fringe didn't happen. I followed the Lola pattern for increasing and after a bunch of stockinette, I made several rows of seed stitch, which I really love. It is almost as mindless as stockinette, but has a great texture. This shawl is definitely not the big cozy blanket size shawl that I was dreaming about, but I do love the way Chickadee feels knitted on size 8 needles. Drapey, squishy, and light, it feels lovely scrunched up around my neck without adding too much bulk under a coat.
I tried aggressively blocking it to try and make it a size that would wrap around me, but it is not meant to be. But all is not lost, because I have a smaller member of the family who also has a love of soft squishy knitted items.
Sometimes I feel that it is ridiculous that we have so many handmade scarfs, cowls, wraps, and shawls, but then when I see the little babe dressed up for a tea party in a sweater and shawl that I made, I realize that knitting provides us with many things: a creative outlet for me, clothing to keep my family warm, education for my child about making versus buying mass produced, and a whole wardrobe for creative dress-up role playing. So I think I'll keep knitting.