Today marks the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, where 26 countries (out of 41 who entered) will throw it down onstage for the chance to be named Europe’s best new song of the year and also for the right to host the 2020 Contest. The Netherlands’ 🇳🇱 entry, “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, is heavily favored to win, but it is far from having this Contest in the bag. It’ll be interesting to see who actually ends up taking this year’s title. But I’ve talked more than enough Eurovision in my last two posts.
This is about my latest finished object, a shawlette that I wanted to do as my Eurovision project to be done in time for tomorrow’s Grand Final. I got two cakes of the yarn I used for it as a sort of Valentine’s Day present to myself, but only ended up using one. (The other is currently being used to make an asymmetrical triangular shawl that I hope to eventually showcase here at some point.) And while I’ve documented some of the difficulties I had with the lace sections with this shawl on this blog, I did eventually work my way through them and I am proud to say that I now have a finished object that just got in one day before the deadline.
I actually finished the knitting portion of this project back in March, but I decided to hold off on it in order to focus on finishing the Bambina Baby Blanket (which is going well, I am just working on the border, and then it will be finished). Earlier this week, I decided to pin out my shawl to prepare it for steam blocking (as the yarn was a wool/acrylic blend).
My bedsheets were in need of a wash anyway, so I took the opportunity during my dad’s work week this week (when I wasn’t going to be sleeping in my bed anyway) to wash my sheets and block the shawl. The steam blocking went all right. The garter stitch along the long edge still curls a bit, but I like what it did to the drape of the lace.
Just a weaving in of the ends yesterday, and I was finally able to present my finished project.
Readers, I give you…LoveWave!
I decided to call this project “LoveWave” for two primary reasons: 1. I did this as my Eurovision project, and it is named after Armenia’s 🇦🇲 2016 entry, “LoveWave” by Iveta Mukuchyan, who is an Armenian-born singer primarily based out of Hamburg, Germany. The song itself finished 7th overall with 249 points, while that year’s Contest was won by Ukraine. And 2. This project’s name combines the pattern name, “Wavedeck” (which I will link to shortly) and the theme of the colorway’s name “Aphrodite”, which is named after the Ancient Greek goddess of love.
So, here are the details:
- Pattern: Wavedeck by Kate Atherley (available as a free pattern at Knitty)
- Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes in “Aphrodite” (all the colorways in this line are named after figures in Ancient Greek mythology)
- Needles: US # 6 and #7 circular (I used two different sizes because I purl looser than I knit, so the smaller needles were needed in order to keep my stockinette stitch even-looking, using the #6 needles for the purl rows)
My shawl ended up coming out to more of a shawlette size, but it’s perfect for Florida weather, especially when it gets a little cooler in the fall, and the wool in this yarn should do nicely in keeping my shoulders warm if needed.
Here are a few more pics of LoveWave in the Central Florida late afternoon spring sun.
Before I end this post, as always I try to provide a source for title references when I make them, and this is no different. Here is the music video for “LoveWave” by Iveta Mukuchyan.