Thursday, July 22, 2004
I've added the 12th and 13th snowdrops. You can see that I did have a little issue with the border on the right side. I'm hoping that
- the center portion will be so stunning that no one will notice
- the blocking will sharpen things up and make this less noticable (I'm realizing that the opposite may happen but I refuse to rip!)
I haven't worked on this since Monday but I'm happy with how it's coming and I think it's moving along at a nice pace. Hooray!
The pattern is very easy to follow. I'm doing well despite this being my first big lace project. As I progress, I am less nervous about the non-charted directions for making a solid triangle in the top center of the shawl.
I'm debating about adding an edging. Stephanie has given directions for adding one. I'm a little reluctant to commit to picking up 400+ stitches. Michelle is not sure she even likes the edging. I don't feel one way or the other about it.
Monday, July 19, 2004
My anxiety was up this weekend so on Saturday, I shut myself in the bedroom, put on the video of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Celebration, and got to work.
I get it. I totally get it. This pattern is made up of a four row repeat. Two of those rows are the same. I finally figured out what I'm doing. I can READ the lace now and know what I should be doing next and where I am in the pattern without stitch markers and post-it notes and who knows what.
I GET IT!
Now, to be be totally honest, it was work. I spent at least an hour Saturday taking stitches out and redoing them. And then again. It took forever. But I get it now. I was able to work on this on Sunday while I watched the West Wing on dvd. No mistakes.
The shawl currently has 9 snowdrops. When I add numbers 14 and 15 (I think), I'll start the solid bit in the middle. Moving right along!