FO: Secret of Opals

At the start of summer the hottest thing in the knitting world was the Color Affection Shawl. As someone who has never been very good at following trends, I haven't started my Color Affection yet (although I do have yarn put aside for it) I decided to try another of Veera's shawls, the Secrets of Change.

I had bought the Tosh Sock more than a year ago for a Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed pattern that I fell out of love with, and now knowing so much more about yarn and spinning I know that I found the right pattern for the yarn.  Also, the line would have driven me much more crazy in a lace stole because I wouldn't look quite as much like a design feature.

The miles and miles (well yards and yards) of garter stitch were incredibly soothing and made for a shawl that is delightfully squishy.  What astounded me was that there is as much yarn in the first five section, as there is in the final section (as evidenced by the drastic color change betweens skeins, that it was my fault I didn't alternate skeins to avoid).

I'm eager to work on other of Veera's shawls, because she has a great aesthetic and an affinity for garter (which I'm realizing more and more that I love it dearly).

- Details -

Project Name: Secret of Opals

Pattern: Secrets of Change by Veera Valimaki for Rain Knitwear Design

Recipient: Me

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Opaline


  • I slightly shortened the pattern on the last repeat (7 repeats instead of 8) because I was worried about running out of yarn.

New Skills:

  • None


  • Yarn: As always madelinetosh has great colors, however my skeins weren't well matched and I didn't check beforehand and I ended up with a line.  It was totally my fault, I should have alternated, but I prefer to think of it as a design feature rather than error.
  • Pattern: My first time using a Veera pattern, and it was well written, well formatted and a great FO.

Re-Knit?: Nope, but I already have another Veera pattern on the needles and have plans for the infections Color Affection shawl.