Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Shawl Madness

This week has been another case of finishing a cute crochet project (to be revealed on Friday!) and then starting a much longer term knitting project. So I only have one item that is still a WIP right now.
This is my Blue Angel Shawl that I'm making from the kit I bought on Craftsy (you'll have to scroll way down to the bottom to find it but it's a great price!). The kit included the pattern, a Craftsy workshop (like a class but not a video, just really detailed instructions and lots of pictures), and a skein of Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn in Como Blue. I started this on Thursday night and I'm about 1/3 of the way down length-wise, but I know it will take much longer to see real progress now - that's the trouble with shawls. The longer they get, the wider they get, so it starts taking forever to finish a row.

Man has this been an experience so far! I'm learning that I'm not so great at lace yet. The lace pattern is 8 rows repeated over and over at this point. I'll knit a row, purl back, then get to the lace section of the next row only to discover that I did something wrong and ended up with an extra stitch in my lace section. There is no way to fudge it with this pattern, so the only thing I can do is tink back to the previous lace section and do it again. Once I even finished an entire 8 row repeat only to discover that I did the first row twice disrupting the pattern. It drove me nuts so I spent one whole evening tinking all the way back to it. Ugh, it was not fun. I think I've spent as much time back tracking as I have knitting on this so far. But I really like the design on it and the yarn is really lovely, so I'm excited to improve my lace knitting with this project.

That's all for me this week. Check out Tami's Amis' blog to see what others are working on this week too :)

1 comment:

  1. I feel your pain. I have two shawls languishing in my knitting basket because I can't fact tinking them one more time. Perhaps they'll fix themselves if I wait long enough!


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