Haagen-Dazs Knitting

Completed Silk Cap Shawl

Ta Da! The silk cap shawl is finished! You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s the color of a field of spring violets. Lovely.

Boy, this stuff is addictive. Let’s just rip up one more cap to knit … uh-oh, can’t stop in the middle of a row … let’s rip up some more silk … before you know it, you’re done. No more silk cap to rip. The completion was just like staring down at the empty Haagen-Dazs pint container. Where did all that ice cream go? I swear I wasn’t going to finish it all in one sitting. (And where to do they get off saying that there are 4 whole servings in one of those little containers? What kind of alien can actually only eat 1/4 of the container in one sitting?)

Silk Cap Shawl - In ProgressAny way, yesterday was a beautiful day in the Emerald City. I wanted to sit out on the deck and knit, but do you have any idea what it’s like to control cobwebs in a light breeze? Ix-nay on the knitting.

EliSpot helping with the shawlBut inside wasn’t must better because of my little helper. I swear I only turned my back to the silk for about 2 minutes. Last seen, EliSpot was sound asleep across the room.

Don’t worry, Grace, I’ll wash it before I send it down to you.

Anyway, the finished shawl is 44″ wide, 17″ deep. It was made with a single silk cap (approx. 0.5 oz.), knitted on US size 8 needles. It’s a plain garter stitch pattern. Cast on 3 stitches. Knit 1, make 1, knit to end. Turn and repeat. I decided to increase at the beginning of the row, every row, because I knew that I was going to be putting this down often and didn’t want to remember front vs. back side of the work. Nice, mindless knitting. And lots of fun. I highly recommend it. (And all that ripping was completely satisfying since I couldn’t scratch my leg.)

Hmmm, I have a couple of other silk caps that I picked up along the way. Then there are the royal blue silk hankies that we dyed last summer at the guild …