I promised I would show this once it was all blocked, so, behold the butterfly.
I think it's beautiful, even though I made it with sport weight yarn instead of fingering, so it's more like a diagonal blanket than a shawl.
Meaning it's kinda heavy. Meaning I will never wear it. (Meaning hours and hours of work and tons of yarn and I will never, never wear it. And yet, that is nothing new! Insert mad laughter here.)
While I was making it, I thought, "This is so much fun, I'm going to make another with fingering weight yarn!"
I didn't have enough of the colors I wanted to use for Butterfly 2, though, and I successfully resisted buying more yarn and adding to my Enormo-Stash--you know, the Stash that Ate Los Angeles?
But once it was blocked, and enough time passed, I started thinking of knitting another.
I have a nice gradient yarn that would look gorgeous, but as I said, I didn't have enough.
I knew my friend Elisa had a skein of the same yarn, however, and I offered to buy it, since she hadn't used hers yet, and lo and behold, she GAVE it to me!!!! I mean, GAVE. Sorry, didn't mean to shout, but y'know, it's really nice yarn, meaning it ain't cheap, and it's pretty, and she just GAVE it to me. I knew she was a good friend, but this is ridiculous!
So, now I simply have to make this again, don't I? If you are drawn to it, click here for the pattern. Not free, but worth the money. Lots of pics, line-by-line directions, and so fun to watch the butterfly emerge from it's yarn-ball cocoon.