The Shawl

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.

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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.

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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.