No, that isn’t the project name, but I’m sure Sissy would like to think she’s ubiquitous… and she’s almost always a cooperative model. Granted, she was sight-hunting (no, I’m not at all sure she realizes she’s a SCENT hound) at the time, but nevertheless, she stood still for the photo shoot.
Project: Solidarity Knitting Why yes, I guess that is a crazy name, but I cast on for this project because several of us on Facebook rather pressured Kathy into knitting a “Kate Shawl” for the bride to be in her house. So, it seemed only fair that at least a couple of us cast on… as a show of solidarity.
Pattern: Well, since Kathy’s daughter made her request precious close to her bridal shower, Kathy got to choose the pattern. We went with Ubiquitous Kate. (Get it? Kate shawl knock-offs have been everywhere this summer.) It was fine for a free pattern, which is to say I had to email gMarie for clarification. If you’re on Ravelry, gMarie’s notes are spot-on, and I copied them into my own comments there as well.
To be clear, I used Chart A, which is to say I did the pattern on the knit side and then purled on my resting rows. I also did the full ruffle, not to be confused with the extreme ruffle. That just means I did the ruffle all the way around, as written.
Yarn: Knitpicks Gloss in Guava. I wanted pink… not necessarily PANK, not coral, not… guava. Still, I like the color, and the yarn was okay. It was a bit splitty at times and the silk in it definitely wasn’t the silky-smooth kind of silk, but considering what it cost me, I have no complaints. I also had almost no yarn left after six skeins.
Needles: I did the body on my Addi Clicks, #4 tips with the longest cable in the standard pack. I then used two Knitpicks Options #4s to pick up each side’s stitches for the ruffles. I don’t understand why my KPO wood tips had one side that just wouldn’t stay tightened. I like the KPO interchangeables just fine, but sometimes you get what you pay for; they do seem to have a quality control problem (and in full disclosure, Knitpicks is AWESOME about sending replacements, even out of warranty… which to me implies they know they have a problem but it’s cheaper to send parts than to FIX it).
Verdict: It wasn’t as painful as I feared it would be. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done a 1300 yd. project, and I’m not sure I’ve ever done one that size in fingering yarn. I never once considered poking my eyes out instead of finishing the ruffle, so I never had to regret doing the full ruffle, but no, I don’t think I’ll knit this precise one again.