That's it. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, I am going to tear out this money pit of a shawl started in October, 2006. The intention was nice. I was inspired by a recent spinning class which focused on lace weight yarns and lace patterns. Plus, a fellow spinner had knit the Irish Diamond Shawl from the Folk Shawls book. And this shawl was beautiful. I had never knit anything in a lace pattern and had never knit a shawl -- so, I thought why not? -- and better yet I would knit a shawl for my mom. I had in mind the perfect yarn: a skein of bright red mohair/wool bought at Stitches West.
I was on a road trip to Santa Fe and thought this would be the perfect excuse (not like I really needed one) to visit Miriam's Well. This store is full of colorful yarns and beautiful hand woven shawls, scarves, wraps, etc. I thought that I would go in and find a pattern and some needles. Well, like usual, I walked away with the Folk Shawl book, needles, and a good sized bag of yarn.
That afternoon, I started knitting the Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl. Full speed ahead. Well, then again maybe not. Perhaps it was the altitude, but I thought that I was starting the project from the triangular point, but really the pattern had me starting from top down. I realized this after a few _hours_ of knitting and a few hundred miles down the road. I kept my chin up and said "Oh well, so the colors will be turned around". I arrived home, called Miriam's Well, and ordered more yarn. I knitted, and knitted, and knitted, and began to wonder "Where is the yarn going?" I would hold the shawl up and examine it. After hours of knitting, I saw very little difference in size. I stuck to it though but then I realized. . . this shawl. . . well, I think my mom will like it but I don't think that she will wear it. After all these hours knitting, can I really bring myself to give my mom something that she will not wear? No! Can I bring myself to rip apart the project and make something that she will wear? Yes!!
Since I have been learning to weave, I thought to change gears and weave my mom something instead of knit. I took the original impetus for the shawl project, the ball of red yarn, and decided to make a lace weave scarf. I finished it this week, and shipped it out yesterday. I hope she likes it.
I plan to use the black and grey yarn to weave a rectangular wrap. The design is yet to be determined. Stay tuned. . .