Sometimes, from the moment you first see a knitting pattern, you know you absolutely-must-knit-it-no-matter-what. Even if it is absolutely crazy and huge and you're not quite sure what you'll do with it after you knit it.
For me, Celestarium was that knitting pattern.
is a huge circular shawl with beads arranged to form the constellations as seen from the northern hemisphere, with the North Star in the center. I began this project on December 21st, 2013, right before I went home for Christmas. This seems like a pretty intimidating pattern at first glance-- there are 6 sets of charts, and the final chart is 8 pages long. After I got into the rhythm of count-knit-knit-knit-yarn over- bead-knit-knit
, though, it became relaxing and fairly mindless knitting. It was really satisfying to watch the constellations emerging as I finished each chart.
I knit my Celestarium with Knit Picks Stroll yarn
in the Midnight Heather color. According to the pattern, it should have taken 1200 yards on size 4 needles. However, even though I went up to size 6 needles (I am a tight knitter and wanted to keep the shawl light and airy), I only used 1039.5 yards of yarn. That leaves me a skein and a half of yarn to knit up into little dark blue hexipuffs for my Busy Bee Blanket! ...Well, eventually. Not now. I have had enough navy blue for the moment.
My finished Celestarium measures 48" in diameter, though I expect that will shrink slightly since I blocked the shawl pretty severely. I'm planning to frame it and hang it above my dresser, with a small, framed constellation chart next to it. I am so pleased with how it turned out! Finishing the Celestarium has inspired me to start another huge project-- but that's going to be a present for two very special people, so it has to take a secret for now. I'll be able to reveal it in a few months-- I can't wait!