Monday, February 6, 2012

I Promised....

I promised to show the shawl I was working on, and then didn't post for several days.  I'm sorry!  This is what happened: early Tuesday morning Jim came down with the violent flu that our DDIL had the previous Saturday.  I went to sleep downstairs in the guest bedroom, very worried that I would be next--worried because I have to teach violin lessons on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I was fine----until 15 minutes after the last lesson on Wednesday when I started feeling yucky.  It was my turn!

By the end of last week we were both feeling a lot better, and also feeling as if we had missed a lot.  Now we're back up to speed and enjoying our sunny February.

Here's a picture of the shawl at an early stage.  There are eight sections to each row.  I was finding at the end of the row that I had made a mistake in counting somewhere along the way, and the pattern wasn't working out.  So I finally got a bright idea: I marked off each section with a safety pin for a stitch marker.  That way I found out at the end of the section, not at the end of the row that I had made a mistake.  It made a lot less "backward" knitting!

Here's the shawl this afternoon.

Because I am knitting on U.S. #9 rather than U.S. #11, it's much smaller than it should be.  So I'm extrapolating the pattern to make it longer.  I'm already up to Row #97, whereas the pattern bound off at Row #86.  I will keep on knitting until the ball of yarn is used up.  Then I'll have to decide whether or not to order another ball.

We hope to see our friend the last weekend of this month, so I'd better decide pretty soon.  Blocking the shawl when the knitting is finished will, of course, add a bit to the overall length.

I think it's very pretty.  It's extremely light weight--it is lace, and the yarn is partly metallic, so there are little sparkles throughout.

1 comment:

  1. you will be adding a spark to her day! You do lovely work - I did use my neck scarf a couple of times when I wore the white jacket - it is lovely and warm too!! Glad to hear you are feeling better!