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the 8 rows that almost drove me crazy

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This is my Forest Canopy shawl, the one that was a pleasure to knit until I reached the 8 rows of the border. The first picture was taken after I had un-knit 6 border rows a second time. Inexplicably, I COULD NOT get it straight. Well, maybe it is explicable. I was knitting in the car, and listening to NPR, and getting distracted. Also, there is that mysterious tendency to make mistakes when you are under the pressure of knitting something for someone else. I am embarrassed to say that this went on for days and days before I admitted to myself that I needed markers. (And reminded myself that knitting in the car should be limited to socks, or other simple objects. But not lace.)

Once I demarcated the 8-stitch pattern, I finished in no time. And I love how the scrunched-up knitted thing stretches and blooms into lace.

fullshawl.jpg

stretched and drying

closeup2.jpg

the forest up close

I decided that before I knit more lace, I will invest in lace blocking wires. I pinned this time, but with a lot of stretching, rearranging, and poking of my fingers, not to mention swearing under my breath.

Written by Sherry

August 17th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Posted in Sherry

3 Responses to 'the 8 rows that almost drove me crazy'

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  1. Yes, I too had to find out the hard way that markers where the only way I could knit this shawl.

    I’m glad you found the light and finished the shawl. It’s beautiful. Congratulations.

    Abigail

    17 Aug 08 at 4:43 pm

  2. Beautiful job, Sherry! And fast, too! I really like this pattern. Was it difficult?

    Kira

    19 Aug 08 at 7:00 pm

  3. Thanks! Yes, it was pretty simple, and the body of the shawl was easy enough to follow after you saw the pattern in place. And, once I swallowed my pride and put in the markers, the border was easy too. I’ve not yet done a shawl where the border is added after. That may be next.

    Sherry

    20 Aug 08 at 11:42 am

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