The Shawl has been started. Again. This will have been the 5th or 6th time I’ve started this thing. I’ve tried different patterns, a couple of times each. The first one I tried was a GORGEOUS shawl, but the pattern was way too complicated for a first time shawl knitter. You wouldn’t think it would be a big deal. It’s really all just knits and purls. How hard could a pattern be? Apparently, really hard. The pattern is charted. I’ve done charts before, but not like this one. Several charts over several pages and no matter how careful I was every couple of rows there wouldn’t be the right number of stitches left. I would count, and tink, and reknit, and start over and I just. could. not. get. it. right. So I tried pattern after pattern, over and over. I put it in time out and worked on other things. But it’s November and I would really, truly like to have SOMETHING done with it by Christmas. I’m not a fast knitter and I’m going to have to work really hard. I started again on a pattern that I wanted to try before but it was scantily charted and I had to learn a few things. Many patterns assume the knitter knows a few things and doesn’t spell it out in the pattern. So, I’ve started again and we’ll see how this one goes.
Fall Leaves Shawl from Spin Off Magazine, 2009.
Wish me luck. And because I just can’t finish socks without starting new socks, I have these going. The yarn is variegated but the pattern makes the yarn almost look self-striping. I’m loving how this is turning out.
Fox Faces sock by Nancy Bush in Salvia by JL Yarn.
I got really excited throughout October by candy corn themed and colored things and couldn’t resist starting these. I will set them aside and concentrate on The Shawl and take little breaks from it by working on the other socks I have going.