Finished: Crashing Waves

Here it is: my finally-finished Crashing Waves! Designer Grace Akhrem recently completed this KAL in her Ravelry group, and I more than happily added more stress to my life by trying to complete it in the allotted amount of time. Why? For the chance of winning an as-yet-to-be-announced prize, of course.

The result? Well, I totally flubbed up on a section of lace, but you can barely tell (at least, not in the picture). One row of diamonds just looks chunkier than the rest. I wasn't about to rip back - I was too worried about ruining the gorgeous yarn.

I used madelinetosh prairie in the Holi Festival colorway. It didn't start out as planned: because the shawl is constructed in a "V" shape (like most shawls), the bright colors were bunching up on one another. I didn't mind this, actually; I just thought it might look more obnoxious than originally envisioned. But as the shawl grew, so did the length of color changes. Eventually, everything tapered off to something more neutral with specks of bright colors, which is exactly what I wanted.

I finished soaking and blocking this a couple weekends ago, but wasn't able to snap a decent photo until recently. Aside from the minor lace issue, I'm happy with how it turned out, and excited that I was able to complete my second shawl in less than a month. I'm still in custom order mode for my etsy shop, but it's nice to take a break and remind myself that I can do bigger projects than stockinette-stitch headbands.