Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I finally finished my Travelling Woman Shawl. During the course of the project I actually communicated with the designer Liz via email. I finished this before the deadline that our KAL leader gave us. But not without some angst!!!!! Several times before I neared the end I made and corrected a few minor mistakes. Lifelines and markers played a prominent role in my not getting totally frustrated and/or giving up. It was near the end, I mean literally the end during the bind off (you really have to stay focused doing the P2TOG bindoff)--even the lifeline a few rows above couldn't save me from the mess I made. I'm glad it happened--my bindoff was too tight anyway. But after I had finished the bindoff, was pulling the lifeline out, something unravelled---aaarrrrgggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I knew this wasn't something I was going to be able to fix myself. So I took it to Loopy Yarns. CONGRATS ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY LOOPY!!!! Of course the wonderful staff will help you, but they also help you to help yourself--you will learn from your mistakes. I managed to rip back, and didn't do too shabby of a job putting stitches back on the needle before they unravelled any further. Anyhoo, a bit gun-shy, I waited a day or two before tackling the TW again. This time, I said the heck to any lifeline! I did use my markers. Used a size larger needle to do the P2TOG bindoff. This time success. Blocked it & voila. I'm hooked on shawls, lace shawls to be exact and the fear factor of tackling lace is gone!!!! I didn't bother with the points. This is only the scarf size.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Briefly, I am making such wonderful progress on my Travelling Woman shawl!!!! Deceptively simple pattern to have such beautiful design/detail. Markers and lifelines takes the stress out of this. I just completed Row 1 of my 2nd Chart A repeat. I will make the Sept. 27 deadline set by the leader of our KAL (knit along). For non-knitters, KALs are when several knitters work on the same project at the same time. We cheer each other on, answer questions when we get stuck, encourage and motivate each other to finish, etc.