Half way through this shawl I became nervous about the outcome and dared not dream the shawl would look good in the end. Of course the promise of a pattern is if you follow directions you end up with a reasonable facsimile of the designers finished object. Even so, I often knit with trepidation.
While I did my best to keep the faith and to move forward with each stitch. I confess my head took over and I faltered from time to time knitting with my heart in my throat. As I bound off the last of the stitches I felt a little disappointed in myself and the misshaped mass of knitting. I certainly didn't think my shawl would be as wonderful as Joji's Imagine When. My confidence often wavers as I knit, and especially before blocking but, I should have known the shawl would be right. I did everything I could to insure it would be, so why not believe in myself?
The color is more true in the above photo. Click to embiggen any photo.
(How do you like Bray stuck into the pocket of my coat?)
The yarn is The Uncommon Thread's Merino Fingering, in the colorway Cobble. I used about a skein and a half. When changing from one skein to the other there was no noticable transition, no contrast in skeins. The yarn held up even when frogged, although if I'd had to rip out more than once (or twice) it may not have fared as well, as it is a single-ply yarn.
The finished shawl is soft, fine, and yet, sturdy enough to hold up well to constant wear. (Once something new is off my needles it is worn in abundance.)