After a long hiatus from blogging, I have come to the realization that I miss the connection, details and inspiration I got from my fellow bloggers. While FB and Ravelry fill a social need, the details and excitement/inspiration I got from bloggers about yarn, patterns, projects and fiber tools was better from blogging than from social media. I thought about it over the weekend and decided to renew my blogsite and my efforts in that regard. My friends and I even noticed it at SPA that even vendors in fiber festival venues seem to lack the viral blog induced stimulation and variety we used to see.
That said, I bring you my wedding shawl saga.
My second born son, Beta (aka Dan) is getting married in mid-August to Kay. Kay taught herself to tat via YouTube and actually made herself (and completed) a bracelet from tatting. She also taught herself to crochet via YouTube and finished a crochet sampler afghan in under six weeks (yes, she FINISHED it). I taught her to knit in under 24 hrs (cast on, 3 increases, 3 decreases, stockinette, ribbing, reverse stockinette, garter and bind off). In short, she is a wonderful awesome fiber overachiever.
I asked her to select a shawl she would like me to knit on Ravelry. She selected Evenstar shawl. I cast on in late June, did the first chart and set it aside. I had two weeks of vacation in January and it was my hope to get it done at least to the border during that time. I went great guns for a week, until I noticed this:
Panic attack ensued, and I set aside the shawl for a night of rest. The following morning, I stared at it for two hours trying to see if I could fix it. Kay is so wonderful and this is a wedding shawl that will be photographed and shown off, so I feel it must be at least close to perfect. I decided I could not fix it undetectably, and so I frogged the entire shawl and started over. A week of cobweb lace knitting lost.
I restarted, and in the second week of vacation, I managed to get beyond where I discovered the mistake. Cobweb defies gravity. The stitches from the previous row pop up interfering with one’s attack of the stitch on the needle. I started inserting a ball of soft wool-silk blend inside my work to sort of tug those tiny little bastards down so I could dig into them more easily and reliably. Slow going, and with 560 stitches/row, it takes me about 30 minutes to do a round.
Today, I went to Heavenly Socks Yarns to buy more Size 0 Karbonz for Sock Madness. While there, Helen, the shop owner and I were talking (as usual) and I mentioned this shawl and that I wanted a warm weather fiber for knitting a shawlette for myself. She brought out a shawl in a plastic bag behind the counter and made me take my coat off. She put the shawl on me - a lace circular shawl knit from laceweight bamboo, complete with beaded border. Same details as the Evenstar shawl Kay selected.
The shawl had a lovely drape and feel. Superb stitch definition. I asked Helen what the pattern was, and she says simply “Evenstar.” Jaw dropped. That is Kay’s shawl. Only I love it greatly in the bamboo, and with the weight and drape of the bamboo not only does it look far better, but it would be a joy to knit instead of a slug. That dawned on me while driving home.
So, I have dropped Helen an E-mail to order the bamboo yarn for me to restart the Evenstar shawl for Kay. I discussed it with Kay, and sent her photos. She and Dan both love the new yarn better as well (though she protested me re-starting again). I am psyched!
If anyone had told me 24 hours ago I would be looking forward to happily re-starting this shawl for the third time, I would have thought them crazy. I firmly believe many things happen for a reason. The fiber spirits or my spirit guides knew better than I that my original choice of cobweb yarn was wrong for this project. Thus the dropped stitch that I felt was irretrievable. Thus the slug progress and not getting my rhythm back on the knitting, and not feeling joy in it. Now I am looking forward to the new beginning!