OK so I expect short sheeting, caulk in the toothpaste tube, and tacks in my chair for the next year. For the record, the day I unravel a 99% finished ANYthing is the day you gently tie my arms around my waist, sit me in an upholstered van, and take me somewhere very peaceful.
The good news is that, Lord have mercy, Kiri the shawl is done! It was like Hanukkah or something–I knitted and knitted those last six rows yet never did the yarn run out. In fact, I had quite a little bit left over–easily more than five yards. Which I had not expected at all. I really thought I was going to run out. So, to the minority of you who thought there’d be plenty left: go ahead and set up www.willthisballbeenough.com. You have a future in yarn-completion-requirements consulting.
I loved making this–the yarn was lovely, the pattern was elegant, and it turned out all sheeny and summery the way I hoped it would. Thing One has met its destiny.
Polly is so clever. As you know (come to think of it, you took custody of the thing for a month or so), the Rowan Birch shawl on which she based Kiri is a delight. It was great for my first lace project, and it’s just the thing to wear as I wander around the yard imitating Rowan models. In Kiri, Polly has turbocharged Birch with Added Features:
A cast-off edge that looks like a bunch of strands threaded through loops. It’s the tidiest, most impossible-looking thing I ever saw. And totally simple to make.
She added a garter stitch border, which gives a respectable edge to it all. And the center seam highlights your perfect posture.
After a soak, the liberal application of pins, and a couple of days to dry, the lace opened up terrifically well. The only thing I couldn’t get to resemble Polly’s Kidsilk Haze version was the scalloped edge. For some reason, the scallops are quite shallow and will probably disappear as the shawl is worn.
And who’s going to be wearing it? I made it for a very dear family friend, Marlin, who is getting married in June. (Don’t tell her! I’ll give it to her soon.) It’s her second marriage after the loss of her husband of many years, and I hope she’ll wear it on her honeymoon. She likes chartreuse.
Can’t wait to hear how the redwoods went.