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With a curly seahorse tail

I burn slow and long. This is a beautifully poetic way of saying ‘it takes me about four years to catch on to a trend and then I refuse to give it up until it’s parodied on The Simpsons‘.

Hitchhiker scarf in progress

Like a seahorse of the sea it is!

Case in point: shawlettes. I don’t care for the term, but I acknowledge that’s what we’re calling them, so whatever. Not quite a shawl, but a bit fancier than a scarf, and worn with a certain je ne sais quois that I can’t get enough of. Historically, I have prided myself on not doing something Just Because Everyone Else is, and this has typically manifested as Not Doing Things Because Everyone Else is Doing it (Even Though I Really Want To Mix). I’m pleased to announce this habit is slowly dying: it took me scarcely two months to realise how desperately I wanted to make Hitchhiker.

The starting tip

Curly seahorse tail detail

Now that I’ve cast it on…well, I’m in love. I’m stopping every few rows to smooth it out flat and admire it with a goofy smile. I’m showing M every ten stitches — “See? It looks like a seahorse! Isn’t that great?” and I’m carrying it with me *everywhere*. By the time I get to the end of a project, it’s too big to cart about, and then I start a new project and I get all excited about its portability and ever-present-ness. Which perfectly suits this smitten, liminal phase. I want it with me always.

Curves and teeth

Curvaceous serratedness

I’m about twenty teeth (out of 42) into the pattern, but as it increases every row, that doesn’t mean I’m halfway. The math problem of figuring out when I’m halfway is tempting, but it may take me some time. But maybe not long enough: I have a strong suspicion I’m going to finish this before we leave for our holiday.

(For the record, I found Rose-Kim Knits‘ shawl calculator spreadsheet, but I’m still having some difficulty with the maths. I know it’s just enter the numbers and see what it says, but I want to know why it works, dammit.)

I’m seriously digging this pattern: it’s quick, satisfying, and pretty as all get-out, and with an awesome curly seahorse tail.

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