The best fun of binding off a shawl is blocking it. This is what I call the fat feather duster, because it's the Feather Duster (by Susan Lawrence) knitted with fat yarn. The yarn is Alpaca with a Twist Highlander (worsted-aran weight) left over from Vivian. Altogether it took just under 2 skeins of yarn. Here it is before, sad and unblocked.
Here it is after, smooth and pretty and snuggly!
If you're wondering whether I really knitted the same shawl pattern twice in a row, yes, I did indeed. It's so easy and quick, especially with the fat yarn, on ginorm US 10.5 needles! I did only 4 pattern repeats, rather than 6, because I was running out of yarn, and it ended up the right size. I can wear it more like a shawl,
or more like a cowl/scarf.
Fern Glade (by Megan Marshall) is done and blocked, after I was able to get another ball of Suri Merino. The blocking was done on a plate and a balled-up towel, for slouch, and holy crap it ended up huge! As previously mentioned, these slouchy hats look goofy on me. Here's the before:
After knitting two hats in a row that I can't wear because they look goofy, I decided that enough is enough, and got my hair cut to accommodate my knitting. Here's the after:
Look, bangs! I've never had bangs (or fringe, as some say, which is even better) before, having been told they would make my face look even more round. Well phooey to them, because that is so not true, and now I feel like one of the cool girls!
I saw this tree on the way home from the haircut, one of the last, proud few with vibrant leaves still. It's a perfect autumn day. Happy Halloween!