Thursday, October 11, 2007
because this is how my brain works
It started with this: a 900 yard skein of hand-dyed lace weight yarn given to me by a friend that was begging to be made into a shawl. I began poking around for pattens most of which were gorgeous but intimidating. I did find a pattern for something much simpler using heavier yarns. Intrigued (but not yet committed), I pulled out a few balls from my stash and cast on, curious to see how the patten worked. I added a few rows of one yarn here, something different there, and before I knew it I had the beginnings of a shawl on my hands. Given that I was a few days away from a dear friend's birthday and the way the colors were coming together I figured it was meant for her and I might be able to finish it in time if I "knit like the wind". And so I did--I dragged the project to work, to a faculty meeting, to our homeschool co-op, and watched a couple of movies. But I got it done! It was about 50 hours from cast on to bind off.