Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Turtle and the Hare (slow and steady goes The Wedding Ring Shawl)

Yeah yeah. So I'm slow. Blah Blah Blah. I'll still have a shawl at the end! Now let me be totally, brutally honest. This shawl has mistakes in it. Of course, I didn't show any of those in the photograph :) These mistakes are "Homer Simpson" mistakes. "Good Enough!" As my friend Louise would say "A man on horseback's not gonna see them!" The person who will receive this shawl will not only not care that there are mistakes, she will not even know they are there. I will know where they are and will point out every last one of them to her when the time comes but she, bless her soul, will not care one whit. In fact, she will cherish the mistakes because I made them. Go figure. Since this is the very first Sharon Miller pattern I will ever have made, I don't really mind a few mistakes. And it's the first piece of "knitted lace" (ie. pattern every row) I've ever made as well , so there has been a learning curve. Now these are not huge mistakes. Those types of mistakes I made early on and I threw out those first efforts. These I can live with. I hope by the time I finish this one, I will be able to buy the pattern for the "Princess Shawl" which should, I believe, be re-issued in 2007, and do it justice. That's another one I really want to make!

Has anyone out there used a knitting software program called "Stitch & Motif Maker"? I've been looking at it because I want to mess around with lace pattern combinations. If anyone has had experience with that program please do tell! Inquiring minds want to know! It would be nice to be able to make up a few things on my own and then post them if they turn out. If anyone knows of a better design program, let me know!

Must go read now. Yeah I know I should be knitting ,but a change of pace every once in awhile is refreshing and I usually knit better after a little break!

Good Evening all!


alice said...

I'm sure that even if the man stopped and got off the horse, he'd have a hard time finding any irregularities. :) ("Mistake" is such a harsh word...)

Opal said...

More then good enough. I'd be very proud. Your WRS is gorgeous.

I know Wendy at Wendy Knits uses Stitch & Motif Maker but that's about all I know.

Jane said...

Dear alice,

Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. I figure if I finish this thing and do a fairly decent job, it will be something that I won't be ashamed to give as a gift. Since I plan to make more, I may have time to make a few different one's to choose from for those special people I plan to give one of these to. Still, this will the the only one with the "vintage' Shetland Yarn! I've been checking on you lately at your site and I must say you do great work and are very prolific! I'm going to have to do some of the one's you've knit as well:)

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

Thank's for the info on Wendy's Knits and the Software. I'll check it out. As for the shawl, I'm really pleased I'm doing it, no matter how it comes out. When I don't mess up alot, it's actually alot of fun to knit it!



alice said...

Thanks, Jane. I think I can only be considered prolific if I actually finish what I start, though.... :)

Jane said...

Dear alice,

Demur all you want to, I've seen your blog and Flicker site! You finish quite a bit little lady:)