Down The Road & Back Again

The Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group selected the Down The Road and Back Again Shawl as the second annual knitalong this fall. I need to give a great big shout-out to my two amazing moderators and everyone over there. They keeps things so fun and inspiring and wonderful even when I drop in and out of the conversation and for that I am just so happy and thankful. I’m always humbled that this incredible group meets up under a banner I created and have made it their own. I could sing their praises all day long, but they would probably be happier if I’d just get on with it and share my project today!

Unlike last year, when I had to restart the group KAL no fewer than three times because the first 2 yarn combinations just didn’t fit, this year I got it on the first try. Sure I had a half dozen options pulled out of my stash, but when it came time to cast-on I kind of had a pretty good feeling where it was going to work.


I mean, how could I not fall instantly in love with this?

And unlike last year, I just couldn’t put it down…


Anywhere I went!

It took me about a month from start to finish.


And then about 6 weeks to get it washed and photographed. Seriously?! Am I the only one with this lag time problem? I need to work on that!

In any case, today I have some FO photos (finally) and I’m just so pleased to share them!


It’s cold where I’m from, so this is likely how I’ll be styling this shawl most days. But I think you need to open it up to really appreciate it…


From the details…


To the shawl set wide open…


I’m just extremely happy with how it turned out.

The tonal was a gift from a dear friend and is String Theory Caper Sock in the Dark and Stormy colorway. And the contrast color is my own handspun, a 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk fiber in the Merry Poppies colorway from Three Waters Farm.Β  It was actually the first yarn I spun on my Jensen Tina 2 when I got it earlier this year and it’s just a simple 2-ply fingering weight. The two yarns went together beautifully.

There you have it! Another year of the annual Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group KAL is in the books for me! Who else is already looking forward to next year?!

22 thoughts on “Down The Road & Back Again”

  1. I ADORE your color combo, Sarah. This turned out so very beautifully – Well DONE!!! And for the record, your Rav group kinda likes you too! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜

  2. Sarah, it is LOVELY!!!! I am so glad it worked out so well. I am loving how the long color runs of handspun work on this pattern, both yours and mine. This was a great choice for the second annual shawl. I am going to knit another, to keep, and look forward to next year’s choice!

    And that group shines with your gentle spirit even when you wander off. You make us our best selves.

  3. Absolutely Gorgeous! I’ve purchased yarn to make my own but it’s going to have to wait until the Christmas knitting is finished. Looking at yours though, I’m ‘this’ close to tossing out the Christmas knitting and telling friends and family they aren’t getting gifts this year.

    1. I’m a big fan of wrapping skeins of yarn and giving them to people. Occasionally I will give projects with needles still in them with the promise to finish. πŸ™‚ Not that I’m an enabler at all. XD

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