June 29, 2012
My second Pogona is my tenth shawl for the 12 shawls in 2012 knit-along. I think it was also the second time during my knitting career when there was no left-over yarn; I used all of the one skein of Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga! in the color Blue Lobster. After binding off I had just enough yarn to weave in the end.
I have to say, I'm feeling pretty smug about being able to optimize my yarn usage like that. I started the garter stitch edging a little earlier than recommended in the pattern, because based on how much yarn I was using each row near the end, I was able to estimate how much yarn should be left for the edging. The part that was harder to estimate was the amount of yarn needed for the bind-off (it was about equal to two rows of regular knitting). I have to say, though, I felt like living on the edge while binding off and not being sure if I had enough yarn left.
This shawl was a request from my co-worker Marjaana which I was happy to fulfill. My shawl knitting enthusiasm has surpassed my personal need for shawls some time ago, so it makes sense to knit for other people, particularly those who appreciate it.
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