Slice of Santa Fe

A Slice of Santa Fe

High on the list of “Best things about visit from Mom and Dad” is the requirement that the guest room become habitable.  This, in turn, means I get my “blocking bed” back.  Which means some long overdue Friday eye candy.

So I present a completed and blocked Citron.  I call it Slice of Santa Fe in honor of the Sundara Yarns Santa Fe collection that the Fingering Silky Merino in colorway Adobe comes from.

Some interesting blocking developments to report:  Though I knitted this at a gauge of 5.5 st/inch, after soaking in a warm bath and gently prodding into shape (Read: I did NOT block

A much-relaxed drape

this hard!) the gauge opened up to 4 st/inch.  This is good for the finished size – which is more like almost 3/4 of a circle than the designed shape of an actual 180-degree “slice.”  However, the same “opening up” also relaxed some of the texture in the ruched and ruffled

If you could only feel it!

parts of the shawl.

Important lesson learned: wash and block swatches before making a garment with this yarn, as I plan to do (per New Year’s resolution).  This could be a pleasant development or a disastrous one without a washed swatch.

As noted in previous posts, because of the uber-generous yardage of FSM, I was able to work an additional full repeat and complete ruffle, with about 5 yards of yarn to spare.  (Because of superstitiousness as to whether there would be enough yarn to pull this off, I did use some lifelines along the way.  Idiot-proofing is good.)  The resulting shape and drape really make this fit almost like a faroese shawl.  It’s been draped around my shoulders most of the time since it dried.

In summation: in all its simplicity, I found Citron to be eminently more fun than its viral cousin, Clapotis, and would make it again in a heartbeat.  The resulting shawl is not too large and shows off beautifully dyed yarn to its best advantage.

In case you are wondering, yes, that’s a sundial in my garden.  It is calibrated to our exact geographic location and keeps time wonderfully.


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3 Responses to “Slice of Santa Fe”

  1. Luann Says:

    Yum, yum, yum!

  2. Kim Says:

    Okay, now how did you do that???? It’s really beautiful, and LARGE! What the….? How the heck did mine come out so freakin’ tiny?

  3. Mary Says:

    Gorgeous! I love, love, love the color!

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