(First, a note for all you lovely custom order-ers - I have the yarn, I'm about a third of the way done dyeing, and I'll be sending your pretties off soon!)

I have been absent but busy over the past week or so, as my in-laws came to stay with us. Now I'm back, with lots of things to show you! Today: Color Affection by Veera Valimaki. I wrote a few weeks ago, in a post about my Here and There hat, about how much I adore Veera's aesthetic. The Color Affection is probably her most popular pattern, and it perfectly shows off her style. Colour, stripes, simple fabric, and unusual construction abound! 

It's a big, warm, cozy shawl, best worn as a casual accessory. When I say big I mean it blocked to eight feet long. BIG.

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I used 4.5mm/US 7 Chiaogoo needles, and my own Kashmir Sock yarn in Havana Club, Sweet Spot, and Pinkle. None of the photos of the final product really capture the colours accurately all at once, but this one of just the yarn is pretty good:

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Except the purple is too dark. Grr. It really is a pretty combination of colours, if slightly unusual. The shawl is super soft and cozy, thanks to the luscious cashmere content of the yarn and the magic of garter stitch.

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Also, did I mention it was big? It is. Despite its size I've just been throwing it on like a scarf. I never really know how to properly drape shawls on my wide, round shoulders (well, wide, round everything if we're being honest), but the loosely wrapped scarf look is always a safe bet.

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Please continue to excuse my photo quality - when the Mr is out, my photographer is a flowerpot. I'll bet you didn't even know flowerpots could take pictures!

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If I were the sort of person who ever felt inclined to knit the same large pattern more that once, I'd do this one again in a heartbeat. As it is, I am not, so on to the next thing! See you soon!

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