Camp Loopy Project Two: Finished

I know I was panicking just last week about finishing, but it turns out I ran out of yarn and had to cut 7 rows short. (At 516 stitches per row, that’s a savings of 3612 stitches). I’m glad to be done. I don’t know how it happened, but the pattern called for 800 yards and I used 1100+ yards on this. I used the same needle sizes and didn’t alter it any other way except for deleting 7 rows at the end, so I can’t explain it.

When I was at market, I saw a booth with scarves and shawls that used this color technique. You pick a multi-color for the middle, and then pick two different matching semi-solids for the beginning and the end. What a cool idea! (We do have that line of yarn and patterns on order.) I picked a shawl pattern that would let the color progression show nicely. This is Thin Ice, and I used Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Meadow (1.5 skeins), Harmony Plum (1 skein), and Cascade Heritage Forest (3/4 skein). Mountain Colors has some really pretty multi-colors to choose from. This would also work well with Lorna’s Laces, Studio June, Sweet Georgia, and Three Irish Girls. And the pattern itself would be beautiful in Kauni, to show the long color changes!

When I blended from the green to the multi, I did one row where I alternated each stitch from the two different skeins. After I got a few rows past that, I realized that you don’t really even need to blend like that, if you’ve picked your colors well. Just jump in with the new color and the multi-color mix will make it look like you blended it. So with the plum color, I just stopped the last row with the multi and did the next with the plum and it blended great. So easy.

I hope you’re all winding up your Project Twos so that you can get ready to cast on Project Three on Friday! I have bunches of photos waiting for approval in the gallery that I’ll be working on this week. You’ve all done such a wonderful job. I can’t wait for you to see all of the photos.

Sheri doingtheRippleRockShawlforProjectThree


  1. I think I know why you ran out of yarn. The project photo shows 3 sets of the open work part and you have 5 – or at least, you shawl looks much, much bigger. And it is stunning!

  2. I would love to get the pattern for this shawl. Can you let me know the details.

  3. I made Thin ICe a while ago—I had a 1200 yd skein of Ms Babs Yearning—I used it all and still had to eliminate a few rows. It turned out to be a huge shawl, yours is lovely!

  4. Thanks for the terrific technique. I have some Mountain Colors [BearFoot, I think]
    but, poor me, I’ll have to shop for two more blending color yarns.
    Wonderful idea for any shawl.

  5. Love it Sheri! I don’t know why you used way more yarn, but it doesn’t matter. It’s beautiful.

    I’ve already uploaded my Project 2 and cannot wait to start Project 3!!!

  6. “When I was at market, I saw a booth with scarves and shawls that used this color technique. You pick a multi-color for the middle, and then pick two different matching semi-solids for the beginning and the end. What a cool idea!”–Sheri

    This is how a lot of quilters choose fabrics for quilts, too. Choose a multi-colored print fabric, then choose two or three colors from that multi print, and voila, successful quilt color palette.

    The shawl is gorgeous! Congrats on finishing Camp Loopy!

  7. Oh, it turned out great, Sheri! Congratulations of finishing. Looking forward to joining you in knitting Ripple Rock for project 3. I’ve apparently lost my yarn for the project as I can’t find it anywhere. I must have it stashed in a project bag somplace and will need to search harder tonight.

  8. Sheri – I finished my Thin Ice last night too, but had to not only do the skip from 204 to 245, but also leave out several rows afterward, ’cause I only had 2 skeins of Breathless = 840 yards. I think Laura should revise the pattern instructions to indicate that more yarn is needed, since almost everyone who has knit it per the pattern has needed about a third more yarn than it says it requires. Congratulations on finishing it – it’s beautiful!

  9. I have about 8-10 inches of sleeve left to do. I figure that most of it will be done tonight because I’m seeing Liverpool v. Roma, which is awesome and involves great knitting time!

  10. Well that didn’t take long…Laura updated the pattern this morning! I still think 1000-1200 yds is a closer estimate. It’s a beautiful shawl, no matter what size you make.

  11. Whoa. That is one spectacular piece of work Sheri. The stitches used look great with your colors! So intricate. I am almost finished with side 2 of my tank. Then will need to seam. I have been knitting like a fiend to finish! This is definitely over 800 yds as I just used the first It’s Native skein up- 1000 yds. Now on to the 2nd one. I know I won’t need all of that but will use the rest for something else. This is the biggest project yet in terms of yards in my knitting that I have ever attempted! Everyone’s projects are spectacular over at the gallery! 🙂

  12. That is an amazing shawl, Sheri!!

    Eager to start CL 3 project and cannot wait to see the shawl plans to come!

  13. I finished project #2 as well! Had to frog back a bit and do some rewriting but my three skeins made it 🙂 Show and tell tomorrow at knit night!

  14. That is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing a picture of your lovely shawl. I am not sure I would be able to complete such a large project! What an inspiration!

  15. That’s how I’m doing my Color Affection shawl (not for Camp Loopy, though – I’m using Hearthside Fibers yarn – our yarn line) – I started with a semi-solid orangey color “Sunrise”, then added in “Annie’s Garden”, a variegated multi with some orange and rose reds – the rose red is the final color, “Rosebud”. Love how the colors blend together.

  16. Beautiful Thin Ice! I just finished mine as well for Project Two and had to adjust the pattern. Don’t know what happened I had 900 yards. Now to get ready for Project Three.

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