Antimacassar

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This year I’ve joined a yarn pattern club. Every few months I receive a package containing the yarn I need, beads or other things that might be needed except for needles, and then, a couple of weeks later I get the first clue of the pattern. Because yes, all the patterns are mysteries. I receive a clue once every week for about seven weeks and then my shawl is finished (granted that I actually knit the clues too).

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In January I got the first yarn package, a lovely icy blue. Even though it was a lovely blue and the softest yarn, it might have contributed to my feelings against blue earlier this year (it’s weird, I love blue and want to knit it all the time, it seems like right now it’s my go to color, but I’m sick of it at the same time, which is just crazy).

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The pattern, the mystery pattern, turned out to be a mix of cables and lace and beads and the shawl has an almost circular shape.

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It was, most often, fun to knit, and to make sure I actually knit it I gave myself a deadline for when it should be finished. I added a few rows of garter stitch at the bottom, as I’d seen others do and then blocked it. I like it but I don’t love it, it is pretty but hard to wear since it’s so much going on that it’s hard to match with anything. Also, it’s too short. I am tall and even though I’m not particularly square-sholdered I think it looks a bit ridiculous on me, a Little bit as if I’ve decided one day that I’m an armchair and have therefore put on an antimacassar, you know, something a little frilly on top to protect the chair from getting contact with people’s heads.

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I think that if I would just make it longer it woul look better but those last rows are over 500 stitches and since I’m not sure it will fix the antimacassar feeling, I’m reluctant to start it. I also think that part of the problem is that my very sensitive neck prefers shawls that can be wrapped around said neck instead of lying antimacassar-ly below the neck. Maybe I could just give it someone a little shorter than me or just try to get over it, perhaps it will look better with a white summer dress?

Pattern: Divergence by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Decadent Fingering from Stunning String Studio, color Wild Blue Yonder.

(Today’s word is totally antimacassar, it’s not often that you get to use that word. For those of you who doesn’t know what an antimacassar is, here is an explanation. The ones I’m thinking of are more along the lines of this.)