Doubt and faith...
I’ve installed a lovely system of black stitch markers for the pattern repeats and colored ones for the “corners” between panels.
Only I’m not so sure it’s working.
I'm just a bit worried I've made some kind of colossal error. I have knit feather and fan before; I know what it is supposed to look like. I'm pretty sure the yarn overs should be stacked on top of each other, and right now they seem to be leaning to one side like a drunken sailor. Considering that I went to all this trouble to mark the repeats, it should be hard for me to mess up. Should. You've all had a front row seat to my ability to mess up things that should be easy.
Here's the grace in all this. I could actually have messed it up, and I still might like the results. This is lace--you can never really call it finished until its blocked. The garments essential shape is there, it's jus the lace pattern that seems to be off kilter. And, it bears saying that I don't really know it's off kilter--it just looks like it right now. Here is one of those places where I set my fiber faith in the saying "Everything will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, well, then it is not the end."
Worst case scenario (and I am not at all saying we've achieved this), if I don't care for the finished product, I can always find someone who loves it, and loves that it has been handmade. Knitting is like hope: it is never wasted.
Even if I end up ripping the whole lace pattern out (and no, I won’t make you watch—you get one more episode on this and then I let you move on to my fabulous trip to Austin TX), I still have a nice shawlette that just needs the last part to be redone a third time.
And third time’s always the charm, yes?