Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer's Shadow Shawl from Hemstitched Heirlooms - Day 7

Unfinished business...

This weekend I knit for five hours in a car and three hours in a meeting, and I still have over 100 rows to go.

I can’t do it. I can’t make you watch for any more episodes.

Were the fiber not so lovely—it is soft, lush, and vibrant—this would feel endless. There are times when I look at this border and think, “I could have knit a bedspread by now.” But for the most part, the lacework is engaging but not mystifying, the wrong-side rows are simple enough to feel like a breather, and progress happens.

…Just not fast enough to be anything I would consider entertaining.  So, dear DestiKNITters, know that this project will continue behind the scenes while we move on to other adventures.  When it’s done, I’ll make sure and show you.

Should you find yourself with a lot of time to fill—say, congressional hearings, the DMV, bedridden pregnant mothers, trans-pacific steamships—this is an ideal pattern. Even if it is your first foray into lacework, the pattern isn’t too taxing and you’ve got 700+ rows to nail it down, so you’ll be a master by the time you’re done. I should note that there are instructions for a smaller size (which I, of course, ignored), so your shawl need not be the massive undertaking that mine is.  

Will it be worth it in the end? Absolutely.  Will I make you watch? No dearies, I’m kinder than that.

Up next, another foray into Texas Hill Country!

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