Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy: Bind Off

The Name

Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John

That’s a long one, right? One of my most favorite albums…very sexual to me, but then everything has always been sex-driven. But I digress. The color “brown” of this shawl was my immediate connection, as did the yarn color name “Driftwood.” Well, okay a brown beach cowboy! 😀

Capain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy

The Shawl

Dimensions: 58 wingspan x 14 depth (unblocked)
Destination: Interval House
Pattern: Arroyo by Sarah H. Wolf
On The Needles: October 10-19, 2019

I just loved the drape and shape of this shawl as pictured in the pattern. Too bad mine did not come out as nicely…in my humble opinion. Instead of a pure wool fiber, my use of a cotton/wool blend, on aluminum needles, was a mistake from the very beginning. Then I dropped stitches, interrupting one of my more longer lace knitting periods. I was able to pick up without any additional mistakes and restore proper stitch count, but technically there is a flaw. Heck! That’s what makes it original.


The pattern also calls for Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, but I wish I hadn’t done that because it does not support the – in my self critique – loose garter stitching due to numb hands.

I tried hanging my shawl like her’s is pictured on the pattern, but mine just turns into a giant pumpkin scooper outer for The Great Pumpkin!

I may make another because I found the short row construction very interesting and enjoyed my first serious lace chart knitting. This time, the correct fiber content and yarn weight! Aiyaa!

Capain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
“The Arroyo”

The Yarn

Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Color: CW-115 Driftw0od, Content: 80% Cotton %20 Merino Wool; Weight: 3, DK Weight and/or Light Worsted Weight per the Craft Yarn Council, Worsted Weight per Ravelry.

No wonder my knitting is so loose! It’s a DK weight, not a worsted weight, and I’m knitting away on US aluminum 8s! I must’ve been on my own mental adventure. Well, I’ll be ding-danged! Especially because I don’t think blocking is going to help; it would be equal in wingpan to a Doctor Who scarf’s length, causing the lace edge to role up like a scroll!

It’s my fault completely. I chose the yarn based on color and the fact that I had previously started something with the yarn that got canceled and I felt guilty shunning it back into my stash a second time. Oh well! Now I don’t have any significant amount to worry about and I have an identified odd ball.

Moral of The Story: Don’t be a cocky hare, thinking you can finish two short row projects for the Crochet/Knit-a-along Show ‘n’ Share presentation of the Guild Meeting.


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