Thursday, September 29, 2005

Shawls, like large breed puppies

It happens whenever I start a shawl with increases. They start so small, so quick to get across each row, so seductive to work more, this doesn’t take long.

Then they start to grow. It’s a marvelous, real world example of how compound interest works. Every other row has more stitches in it than the last. And it just keeps going.

The current shawl has come through the bounding puppy phase and I think is about to settle into the large animal who must be accommodated, but is still good company, phase. All the fancy shoulder shaping increasing needing close attention has happened, though there are still 4 increases every other row. Currently at about 3½ inches in length from the top of the shoulder shaping, it needs to have two rows repeated (garter, with the above mentioned increases) until it’s about 14 inches in length, or so. I’m a 5’ 1.5” fireplug, so there may be fewer than 14 inches. Then I get to add about 12 – 16 rows of a lace pattern (I don’t like the three on offer in the instructions so the Barbara Walkers are coming off the shelf), and then more garter to the finished length.

Good dogger. It may get set aside once the Knit-Out is done for the year in favor of the Forest Path Stole, but I have a feeling this one will wait patiently until I need another no-thinker, no fusser project.

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.

You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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