Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Knitting Year (Swallowtail Shawl)

The only good thing about this crappy cold is the fact that I was still able to knit. Thank the Lord for antibiotics and cough syrup with codeine. Also, a big Thank You to Evelyn A. Clark for designing the "Swallowtail Shawl". It's really a "shawlette" and I think I got it right. It's not error free, but a man on horseback is not going to see them. Knit with US 4 Knit Picks interchangeable needles using dark green Lace Yarn from Crystal Palace Yarns (100% wool from New Zealand). Pattern is from the fall 2006 Interweave Knits magazine and can be knit with 1 ball of Misti Alpaca Lace yarn (437 yds). You can see it pinned out on the floor using a few blocking wires. I could be more scientific about it, use a grid or something, but it's just not that big a deal to me to be that exact. Finally something that I can put in the completed section of this blog. Yes, I know. I did finish a "Green Shawl", but that one doesn't count because it wasn't really lace. Is it pathetic that my lace projects take such a long time that most of what I started last year will not be finished until this year? I mean, if finishing was a big deal to me, then I'd have to say that I suck major, but then I guess the challenge, rather than the finishing, is part of the charm of doing this lace for me. If it's all too easy, then there is no point. It's better if it requires effort, like knitting while ill or knitting with yarn that I spun myself or knitting with gossamer weight yarns or knitting butt-kicking patterns. I'm just not very fast. Still, Swallowtail sure is purdy!
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