I had a busy week, going back to my regular schedule of classes and meetings and whatnot, so I didn’t find any time to post last week. Which is really quite alright, since I wouldn’t have had much to post about. The one and only thing I am working on, crafting-wise, is the shawl for my very-soon-to-be sister-in-law to wear at the wedding, which is less than 2 weeks away! Luckily, the shawl is very, very close to completion:
Ok, ok, so that just looks like the exact same blob I posted about last time. But no! It is really so much bigger than it was last time; it’s starting to get rather unwieldy on the needles:
I’m halfway through the final chart, meaning that I have only 20 rows remaining to complete. Granted, there are so many stitches in each row at this point that a row takes me a good 10 minutes to finish, but still…if I’m serious about it, I can finish the shawl today. Do y’all have any idea how thrilling that is? Not only will I have made something absolutely beautiful for a person I’m very excited about welcoming into my family, but I will also have cleared off the needles so that I can work on something, anything, other than a giant blob of lace! Because don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved knitting this shawl, but if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably know that project monogamy is not my strong point. But I’ve had to keep a single-minded focus (with the small exception of some spinning, just for sanity’s sake) on this shawl in order to finish it in time, because realistically, it’s at least as much knitting as a fairly complicated sweater would be.
Here are a few closeups, just for fun:
I really love the look of this leafy section. It was a blast to knit, as well. Just for kicks, here is an even-closer-up view of it:
I love the texture! Of course, the texture is all going to be blocked out once I finish, leaving a wonderful drapey shawl full of leaves, ferns, and flowers. Perfect for a spring wedding!
I’m starting to freak out just a wee bit about how on earth I am going to block this shawl. I’m definitely open to any lace-blocking advice y’all can offer me. If you look at the example of the shawl on pattern page, you’ll see that it’s not exactly a small shawl (my fingers could tell you the same…it’s a lot of knitting!). Our house is not exactly a big house, and much worse, the only room we can really shut off from the cats (because our doors are not so great at latching…something we really could fix, but I suppose we are a bit lazy, and it doesn’t matter all that much when it’s just my husband and I living here!) is a rather small bathroom upstairs. I’m not even sure if the shawl, once it’s all spread out, will fit in there. Eeeek! I’m actually contemplating blocking the shawl in one of the labs at school, if I can manage it. We’ll see what I figure out. In any case, this is the last you’ll be hearing about the shawl until I have it all blocked out.