Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: my handspun
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
Ravelry Link: here!
Started: December 15, 2009
Completed: December 19, 2009
I remember distinctly when this pattern came out. I was immediately obsessed and cast on the very next day. Mine was one of the first completed projects, done 5 days after it was released. I was excited to use a beloved skein of handspun, and I loved the look of the finished project. And in the 8 years since then it has mostly sat in a drawer.
This one is easy to post-mortem, I know exactly the mistakes I made.
1. I made a poor yarn substitution. I think the skein I used suits the pattern well in terms of color and hand. But it is 25% smaller than the suggested yarn and ultimately this shawl is just too small. It’s a half circle shape and there isn’t enough fabric to keep it wrapped around me.
2. I don’t enjoy wearing shawls. I think this is a particularly hard shape to wear, but I just never feel right with this on. It takes up a ton of attention to manage and I prefer an effortless accessory.
This is another one I should let go of, despite how pretty I think it is. I want to have room in my drawer for pieces that will really get worn.
Have you ever rushed to complete a FO only? Was it magical or did it fall flat? Let me know!