I am at the boring bit of my current shawl in progress — see?
It’s almost all plain stockinette from this point forward. I did, however, place an extra yarn over and decrease at the edges and on either side of the center back to add a little interest.
Because the gauge of this shawl is finer than the last few I’ve done, it’s taking me longer to knit. This shawl is being knit to a pre-blocked gauge of about 6.5 stitches to the inch (my fingering weight shawls are 5 stitches to the inch).
Still, because the colorway of this yarn is so pretty, I’m not minding so much knitting the boring bit.
Since the knitting is boring right now, I thought I’d answer a few questions.
Georg asked: “Do you ever bead your shawls?”
I have knit beaded shawls in the past, but I have never added beads to one of my own designs. I’m not fond of beaded knits, so have not been particularly moved to do so.
PomMom21 said: I esp like the shawl you completed Friday–how do we get the pattern?
Thanks! That would be the Delightfully Simple Shawl.
The pattern will be available in a couple of weeks in my Ravelry store. This one is taking longer than most, because I have two knitters test-knitting it from the written-out line-by-line instructions. (The pattern will be both charted and written out line-by-line to encourage chart and lace newbies to give it a try.) Because it is so easy to let errors creep into line-by-line instructions, I’m taking an extra step in the pattern testing process to try to make the pattern as error and frustration free as possible. But I’ll let y’all know when it is ready.
Phyllis asked: Will you be doings a KAL again on Raverly again any time soon?
I hadn’t thought about it — anyone have any fun ideas for a KAL?
And a question I get over and over — what do I do with all the shawls that I knit?
A bunch of things. I always keep 2 or 3 shawls at my office because the temperature there fluctuates wildly, no matter the time of year. I also keep family and friends outfitted in shawls. One recent shawl (the Island Time Shawl) I designed specifically for someone with a serious illness who is facing a long stay in hospital and rehab facility.
So there you have it.
Speaking of Patterns
As of this morning, the total donated from sale of the Japanese Garden Shawl is $5678.40! Remember, all proceeds from the sale of this pattern through April 30, 2011 will be donated to the Red Cross, so you still have a bit over a week to purchase it and make a donation.
Also remember my Blog-i-versary sale (all patterns in my Ravelry store with the exception of the Japanese Garden Shawl) are 25%) is going on through the end of April, so you’ve got a bit over a week to buy patterns on sale.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering . . .
Yes, I will be having fish sticks and custard for dinner Saturday night.
I’m exhausted after reading this long-winded blog post.”