How do you remain motivated to finish these shawls, especially when you hit the interminable edgings without giving it a good ‘resting’ period? I see all these lovely things and I just can’t seem to find it in me to have that last push once I’m about 90% done.
You gotta feel the love, baybee!
I think I stay faithful to a project and finish it because I usually will not allow myself to start a new one until the current one is finished.
I have virtually no self-control and very little self-discipline. (My insanely large stash of yarn is evidence of this.) I know if I were to start a new lace project before finishing the current one, the current one would be tossed aside for the new lace love.
I realize that my statement above is somewhat inconsistent. I do have the self-control and discipline to not start a new project before finishing the current one. What can I tell you? I am a Woman of Many Inconsistencies.
When I embarked on the never-ending edging of the Tina shawl, I thought it would be too unwieldy to take for commuter knitting, so I cast on for the Peacock Feathers shawl. Ding! Ding! Ding! Big mistake. I found myself lusting for that Peacocky goodness when I was supposed to be slogging through the Tina edging. So I set the Peacock Feathers aside and dragged Tina around, hither and yon, until I finished the edging.
It did feel as though the freaking edging took as long to knit (if not longer) than the whole rest of shawl, but I don’t think that’s true.
Now that’s one of the things that I love about Inky Dinky. The edging is knit along with the body of the shawl. This makes me extremely happy.
You know what else makes me happy? It’s a rectangle so the rows are all the same length throughout. No freaking 400 stitch rows as you near the end.
However, I’m working out on paper (well, on computer) a lace shawl of my own design and I am sorely tempted to just sorta start it. Just a little . . .
But no. I’m just barely started on Inky Dinky, so I must remain faithful to it. Besides, I have just started the spider webs chart so I’m entranced with that.
Speaking of the Inky Dink Edging, Karen asked:
The Spider Stole looks great! I do have a question – how difficult do you think it would be to substitute a different edging? I’ve got an idea for something from another lace book I have, but I’m an edging novice and it’s a little daunting.
This pattern consists of multiple charts for the different sections of the stole, and the edging pattern is on the edges (duh) of each of the charts. If the edging you want to subsitute has a different number of rows per repeat, it would take some figuring to get it to work out correctly. Also, depending on which chart you are on, there are some plain stitches added to the inner side of the edging (because the body pattern is not quite as wide in some places) — you’d have to be aware of that and adjust your edging accordingly.
In other words, futzing would have to ensue.
It’s not that it would be so difficult to do, just picky and time-consuming.
Lucy Sez . . .
Picky and time-consuming? I’m bored just thinking about it!