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Casting On a Pi Shawl on Pi Day

In 2017, I decided that I’m going to knit the entirety of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac. And I’m going to blog about it, but it’s March and I’m finally doing that part. Oops! I’ll catch up on blogging January and February, but I figured March is as good as any place to start.

And with March, I’m mixing up my months. Because although the Pi Shawl pattern is technically July, it’s a knitting tradition to cast on a Pi Shawl on Pi Day. So I did.

I’m trying to keep this project as low-cost as possible, which isn’t always easy with knitting. For this project, I dug out some stash yarn. I had almost destashed it a couple times, unsure if I loved it or not, but now that I’m knitting it I’m so glad I kept it — it knits like a dream, and the variegated colors are perfect for this project.

I almost threw in the towel at the very beginning, when I looked at the pattern and realized that the cast on requires crochet. I can’t crochet for the life of me, and crochet hooks and I have never been friends. But somehow I conquered it.

EZ is right when she says to cast on in a quiet place. The first few rows are spectacularly fiddly,  but once you get going the project is a breeze. I kept knitting all evening, like it was a good book I couldn’t put down. 

She’s also right when she says this project is perfect travel knitting. I’m heading to New York today for a quick trip, so I’m looking forward to doing some knitting on the train. Look out for some updates on my progress on my Instagram.


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