Wow, I love this shawl!
I purchased a skein of 4ply sock yarn from A Stash Addict at Yarndale. I knew I wanted to make a shawl with it and I knew I needed to use it along side another colour to make it less shocking. I got hunting on Ravelry and came across the beautiful Hue and Value Shawl, isn't it gorgeous.
I just knew this was the shawl but for some reason never got around to casting it on. That is until my parents offered to buy me a set of KnitPro interchangeable needles. I knew that I would need to knit on them as soon as I got them so packed my yarn and off we went to Suffolk to see my family.
I did cast on straight away and made amazing progress over the few days I was there. The shawl instantly grabbed my attention as it is such an interesting pattern.
Each section of the scarf is made of varying different slip stitch patterns, separated by a garter stitch band, one or two of my garter stitch bands turned into stocking stitch due to a lack of concentration but nobody would know just from looking at it.
As I worked my way through the shawl I kept thinking about the applied i-cord at the end, I have never knitted an i-cord before so had no idea how this would work. I got to the end and considered just casting off because I have not heard great things about i-cords. I am so pleased I didn't though as the final thing looks awesome. It was a complete pain in the derriere but worth it in the end.
Normally I try to get away with not blocking shawls as they only get balled up around my neck anyway but this one really did need blocking, it was so curly that I was concerned blocking wouldn't fix it. I gave it a go though and pinned it out.
I was so pleased it blocked nicely and have worn it as much as I can since I picked it up. That is both days it has been unpinned from the floor.
I can honestly say I am chuffed to bits with this shawl, it only took me 2 weeks to complete and I didn't really devote an awful lot of time to it once I got home from parents. A highly recommended pattern if you want to give some new stitches a go.