January 18 2013 – thisisknit
Every so often, a pattern appears which is just so worth making - for its cleverness, for the pleasure of working it, for the loveliness of the final object. Veera VÃ¤limÃ¤ki's Color Affection is one of them. We're simply entranced by this shawl. It's so easy to knit and the finished object has to be seen to be believed. There's currently three of them on display in the shop, not including two that were given as Christmas presents, and there's several more planned. The entire thing is made in garter stitch, so it's perfect TV or travel knitting. The shape which fits so comfortably on your shoulders is made by cunning use of short rows, and the colour changes (ours are all made from Malabrigo Sock) come alive in your hands as you work. So if you're looking for a simple, satisfying project, 7,305 knitters can't be wrong. That's the number of Color Affection projects in the Ravelry database as of the time of writing (there'll probably be more when you read this!). And in the last day or so, we've been dreaming of a long line of these, photographed in the lovely light of the Powerscourt Centre. Could we make this happen? How many could we all make between us?