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Dear Ann,
I’m over here! Under the undulating waves of garter stitch! I’m all bunched up and I can’t get out!
Srsly. The Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl (from Cheryl Oberle’s book Folk Shawls), which I am making sans feather and fan feature, gets to a daunting row length, especially if you are working a gentle ruffle on the edge, which requires you to (K1, kfb) across the first row of the ruffle. I am up to circa 900 stitches, and even though garter stitch is my most favorite stitch, and even though the length of the row should not, in itself, be wearying, it is frustrating to be unable to finish a row during a subway ride to Brooklyn and back. Brooklyn is just not that far. But it’s more than 900 stitches, apparently.
I’m almost done. This shawl doesn’t look like much on the needles; it’s a blob, a human-sized drawstring bag. But off the needles, it’s an elegant, drapey, swingy thing that I am already planning to replicate, row length be damned. (How do I know what it looks like off the needles? I don’t want to talk about that.)
Should have an FO on this one sometime soon, but I am no longer predicting a date.
Love,
Kay

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Are you making the triangular feather and fan? I made the rectangular one, and I know where you are coming from. I timed it once, and it took me 40 minutes per row. And when it was done and i cast off, I was surprised to find that it was (and still is) about 8′ long. Oops. I guess I should’ve swatched and perhaps cast on fewer stitches. It is a wonderful garment, however. And I wrap it around me and my head and neck when it’s really cold, and it keeps out the chill.
    Can’t wait to see yours! The color is beautiful and so elegant!

  2. I have spent a lot of time seeking the perfect “daily wear” shawl (I totally want to look like a character out of a Jane Austen book with my shawl casually draped across my lower back) and look forward to seeing this one in action.

  3. Lol! I think someone should publish a knitters scale of stitches per distance on all the subway, bus and plane routes – there could be a garter stitch scale on one side and a lace scale on the other. You just know the information is out there. We knitters all measure time & distance by stitches. :)

  4. Is a feather and fan shawl a feather and fan shawl if it does not in fact involve feathers or fans?
    Just a philosophical question, just sayin.
    I think it’s LUVLEY! 900 stitches is kind of sick.
    x0x0 A.

  5. 900 stitches per row?
    The very words send a chill up my spine. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  6. And another thing, unrelated to this shawl or really knitting at all: What do you think of this A-Rod steroid confessional? Is NOTHING SACRED anymore?

  7. Ok, my birthday is July 1st, that should give you plenty of rides to Brooklyn & back to have it done, because it’s very beautiful and I know for sure I don’t have the. ..gumption….to knit anything that has a 900 stitch garter row myself. Just throwing that out there.

  8. Ooooh I love it. So you just knit it in all garter. I love garter. Are you going to give any particulars about the ruffle? Inquiring readers need to know!

  9. You are one brave woman to attempt 900 stitches! That’s like Rambo of the Knitting world…

  10. Sister, I feel your pain. Trying to finish up a baby blankie here (ruffled blanket from itty-bitty nursery) and the f-ing garter stitch ruffle is about to kill me. Factor that in with two small children, and what I hoped would be a 1-week project is becoming a month-long ordeal.

  11. Kay –
    Is the Feather and Fan Triangle sans Feather and Fan the same as the Wool Peddler’s Shawl? I’m working on that one right now and can see that those outer rows are going to be VERY long! I plan on dropping the outer lace rows and doing a ruffle a la Mustaavillaa. Wish me luck!
    Lisa

  12. Just finished up a shawl that gets to the point where a single row takes 35-40 minutes. Makes it hard to do the “just one more row and I’ll get ready for work” thing, since by the time the row is finished I’d be late for work.
    And I’m not going to talke about the stupid 472 stitch cast-on that I had to do three times over the weekend because I kept twisting the join. No matter how careful I was to “join being careful not to twist.”

  13. Kay, the color is so pretty! What is the yarn?

  14. You are a brave person. 900 stitches in ONE ROW!! Yikes!

  15. Dear Kay,
    900 stitches! Amazing!
    But that’s how it goes with ruffles. I once crocheted a baby blanket with a rainbow colored ruffle around the edge. The stitches multiplied at an alarming rate. The only way i got through it was to count stitches, but only up to my age, then begin again. I did that over and over until it was finally completed. That was a mighty fine looking ruffle, too.
    I’m currently facing a project, a scarf, which is knit length (not width) wise. Because it’s for a tall person, I’ve had to put 365 stitches on the (circular) needle. I thought that was a horror, but I see now that it’s just a mere appetizer, Kay, for you with your 900 stitches.
    You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
    (Knit shawls, carry water: the sure road to enlightenment.)
    Can’t wait to see it.
    LoveDiane

  16. Kay, I have that book (Folk Shawls)! I love that book! I adapted the pattern from the Kimono shawl for a simple scarf. I’m planning to knit the entire shawl some day with some Schaefer Marjaana (in the Rosa Parks colorway), but I’m churning out scarves and hats first in an effort to make some headway on gifts for Christmas 2009.
    Happy Garter Stitching!

  17. Kay, I have that book (Folk Shawls)! I love that book! I adapted the pattern from the Kimono shawl for a simple scarf. I’m planning to knit the entire shawl some day with some Schaefer Marjaana (in the Rosa Parks colorway), but I’m churning out scarves and hats first in an effort to make some headway on gifts for Christmas 2009.
    Happy Garter Stitching!

  18. oh kay….for a second i thought the shawl was the garter blanket that was originally destined for afghans 4 afghans……..(garter log cabin-ing is quite therapeutic for me!)

  19. Whatteru doing in Brooklyn? Took the SWA to ISP, the LIRR to Flatbush, when DD#3 took one step down 4th St, she said “I love it here.” Let’s hope BC comes through with the scholarship. I, on the other hand, loved Brooklyn Dry Goods. Saw Knitted Gardens in real life and got it for 20% off. Would have saved more if I could pay for it in GBP, though.

  20. Good luck with the 900 stitches. My hat off to you. I doubt I would have even had enough patience to count those stitches. I would have way too intimidated. You do great work and I love your blog. Keep up the good work, you both inspire me on a daily basis.

  21. Good luck with the 900 stitches. My hat off to you. I doubt I would have even had enough patience to count those stitches. I would have way too intimidated. You do great work and I love your blog. Keep up the good work, you both inspire me on a daily basis.

  22. You can do it! I did my ruffle as m1 every 2 stitches so a very gentle ruffle. The rows are still arduous though. About another 1.5in to cast off.

  23. I would like to echo Stephanie’s comment – maybe we could come up with a google app for distance in stithes.
    ps. what length needle is managing all of those stitches?

  24. I love that book to death, but almost everyone I know who has knit out of it has ended up with at least one seriously huge piece of knitting. I made the black square shawl. It could be a king-sized bed cover. We use it as a lightweight afghan, rather than a wearable item. And it matches the cat!
    A friend at work did the feather and fan rectangular shawl and it wraps around her a few times.
    As I recall, the book uses unusual yarns and only gives the knitted gauge of the blocked lace, which is always hard to replicate on the needles. She must knit the lace a good bit tighter than I am used to.
    Anyway, it is a book to covet.

  25. Can’t wait to see that done. I love the colours. My longest rows are still the log cabin from mdk 1. I can’t imagine 900 stitches.

  26. The grays – so pretty. The pretty part of winter when it’s gray and white and black and gray, but there are colors behind it. The finished object will be gorgeous, and I don’t understand your secret with the garter. When I think about garter, I think it’s boring, and when I look at (your) garter, I think it’s thrilling. That sentence is racier than intended. Carry on, and good luck with keeping it on the needles until bound off and finished this time.

  27. I’ve made several shawls like that and I can’t wait to see what yours looks like when it comes off the needles!

  28. Oh no you didn’t — did you???