Now that it's done I have to admit that I really like it but I wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't knitting it along with Meg. Check out Meg's awesome shrug. Shortly after completing the back and first sleeve, I realized that this pattern was sized large and may not be as flattering as I had initially thought. One night I even came close to ripping it and starting over but decided to just "make it work." And now I'm glad I did.
I made two modifications to the pattern. The first was to add twenty-five rows of 1x1 ribbing to the sleeves and the second was to eliminate all stitch increases in the shawl collar. The pattern called for an increase of approximately fifty stitches and I made that second mod at the very last minute with the aid of a glass of wine and this great movie. My only regret is that I couldn't share this mod with my friend Meg because she had already finished her shrug by that time.
It's still a bit 'saggy' in the back but I don't mind and I think I'll wear it often.
Pattern: Textured Circle Shrug
Yarn: Cascade yarns 220 superwash, color 1918 (Shire)
Needles: US size 8 and 6
Mods: see above
All photo credits go to my eleven year old son. Here's my "pretending to be in a knitting magazine" shot...
But in reality I'm a huge dork who makes goofy faces when the kiddos are acting silly and can never remember to brush my hair. Just keeping it real here in blogland.
And when uploading the photos onto my computer I found that Ezra had taken this shot of Abigail with my camera. Hair uncombed, barefoot, with princess dress on backwards - that's how we roll out here in the country.
Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!