Last month I went to the fabulous wedding of my friends Courtney and Amanda in Denver. I found this beautiful dress at Nordstrom's Rack, but as it was an outdoor wedding in Denver in September, I didn't want to risk being completely sleeveless. Of course, I couldn't find a cardigan at a similarly amazing discount that would do justice to the dress, so I had no choice but to knit something fast!
Enter the Colonnade Shawlfrom the latest Knitty. In a lovely soft shade of blue Malabrigo on big needles (13's, I think!), I thought I might have a chance of finishing it in time to wear to the wedding. (sorry for the blurry night shot)
I had about six days, and though I was madly knitting in my hotel room up to the minute we had to leave for the ceremony, I made it! A very quick blocking with an iron was all it got--thankfully it wasn't a more complicated lace!
I ran out of yarn a few rows before the cast-off, and since there was green in the dress, I decided to do the last few rows in a funky green yarn I happened to have with me. It worked out fine, but I plan to rip it out and just cast off the shawl a bit earlier so it's all just lovely blue Malabrigo.
I'm not sure if I'm going to keep this shawl or not. On one hand, it could come in handy for chilly Utah evenings...on the other, I can think of a few Christmas gift recipients who might wear the color more than I would. Hmm. I don't wear light blue much at all, and only a bit of dark blue. I'm not sure why that is, but maybe I should start?
At any rate, this was a great pattern that knit up quickly, was interesting without being complicated, and only took two skeins of the lovely and affordable Malabrigo Merino Worsted that I love so much. I would certainly knit it again someday!