Thursday, June 21, 2012

Here's a shawl I finished recently

Back in February I discovered the tv show "Sherlock". It's a modern telling of Sherlock Holmes.(stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman as John Watson.) The creators of the show took Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and set the show in modern times. (think the first season was filmed in 2010) I fell in love with the show (and both of the main actors) within the 8 minutes of the first episode. A friend of mine had suggested the show, so I'd downloaded the first episode off of iTunes and after the first 15 minutes of the first show, I'd gone back and downloaded the other two.

In one scene in the first episode, Sherlock is sitting in the back of an ambulance with an orange blanket over his shoulders, and he asks (Detective) Inspector Lestrade why he's got this blanket... Lestrade tells him "It's a shock blanket Sherlock, it's for shock.". Sherlock tells him he's not in shock...and I think that's all I'll say about the scene because I dont want to ruin it for anyone who hasnt watched it yet.

I joined a group of crocheters and knitters that like the show and anything Sherlock related. Everyone was talking about crocheting or knitting "shock blankets". So I finally decided what to do with a crochet pattern I had floating around as just an idea in my head last fall and wasnt sure what I wanted to do with it or if it would work. I ended up making a "Shock Blanket Shawl". It's basically a very long, extremely wide scarf...or a very long, very narrow afghan.

The yarn I used is Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn". I really like how this turned out, and the orange is actually kind of nice. It's becoming one of my favorite colors to crochet or knit with. (there may be a knitted scarf coming soon)

The pattern is fairly quick to do. I'd have been finished with it in just a few weeks if I hadnt had a bit of a vision problem earlier this spring that made me pretty much half blind. (better now) I had to put the shawl down for the better part of a month when it was a little more than half finished. Once I started it back up, I had the shawl finished within a week.

I'm kind of planning on posting the pattern once I write it up and hopefully have someone test it for me. I've already crocheted a scarf using the same stitch combination (scarf started out as a swatch and I decided to turn it into something useful)

Here's the rest of the pictures of the shawl.