So, I finally finished the Calais that I was making for myself. I will admit, I should have used bigger needles than I did. I used US size 4 needles. It ended up more as a shawlette than a shawl, but here in Texas that is actually a good thing. I guess I could have added more rows in the body (Chart A) and then more rows in the edge (Chart B), but I decided to make it as written this go-round.
I needed two cold water soaks to get her to stop bleeding color, but that was okay by me. If I had been thinking clearly, I would have taken pictures of her soaking. She did morph from a glob of stitches into the wrap as she laid in the bottom of the garden tub. I rolled her in a navy towel just to be safe and them pinned her out on the guest bed to dry overnight. I was so pleased this morning when I saw her all dry and I removed the pins. She is soft and looks wonderful on my shoulders as well. No, I do not do self-portraits, so unless SF catches me without the camera in my hands, chances of getting to see me wearing her are slim and none and I like it that way. Although I might acquiesce when Stephanie is here for Mother's Day since I am making her a Calais as well.
I was trying to show off the wonderful yarn when I was taking the pictures. I thought that the rocks that make up the waterfall and surround the landscaping of the pool were the perfect shades to offset the blue....who knows. And I couldn't resist the fact that the Calais looked like water for the fish in the hallway. The colors in them are almost a direct mirror of those in the yarn. I believe that I have enough yarn left to make me a pair of BMG's Footies too, so I may cast on for them after I get some of my other WIP's finished.
I can't wait to get the perfect evening to wear her....maybe the upcoming Flamingo Party....depends on what I decide to wear.