Yup. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ with it.
Those of you who’ve been here a while may remember that I signed up for the Knitting Olympics last year. My project? A Kiri shawl. Only I made a yarn substitution that drastically changed the gauge, and, therefore, the amount of time it was going to take to complete the project.
I finally acknowledged last February that there was no way Kiri would be finished by the closing ceremonies. She was put aside to give my hands a rest. Over the last year, I picked her up now and then and worked a few long, tedious rows.
For ages, the concept of when I should declare the shawl “done” has been debatable. I would stretch the work as best I could on the circular needles, trying to guess what blocked size I might have achieved. Last Thursday, I found myself at the end of a repeat – a point where I could decide to begin the edge rows, if I wanted.
I wanted. I guessed I was likely at a shoulder shawl size rather than a full, wrap-me-up and make me feel cuddled size. But I had become so tired of knitting rows that took 40 minutes or longer from end to end, so tired of the tiny little stitches on the tiny little needles.
So tired of the oh-so-pretty, but very repetitious, Kiri pattern.
I began the edging rows Thursday night. I worked at them over the weekend. Finally, during the Super Bowl, I began binding off.
This morning, I gave her a warm soak with a little Eucalan, squeezed her in a rolled up towel, and began pinning her out on a dry towel on my bed.
I know she’ll relax a little when she’s dry and I pull the pins out, but her pinned out wingspan is about 63 inches. Pretty respectable. Neck to point height is about 26 inches. Shorter than I’d originally hoped for, but long enough to be reasonably useful.
The biggest reason I wanted to finish Kiri is that one of my friends had given me a very nice lace shawl pattern for Christmas – the Carnival Glass Shawl from Cherry Tree Hill Yarns. (That link is to a page of shawls that won prizes in a contest they had – the Carnival Glass Shawl is the second one shown.) She included an 8 oz. skein of Cherry Tree Hill Merino Lace yarn in the Martha’s Vineyard colorway – an excellent choice because its shades of purple with splashes of other colors remind me of my favorite color of Carnival Glass itself.
Now that Kiri is officially off the needles, I feel free to start another lace project. Except that I don’t have the needle sizes called for in the Carnival Glass pattern. So I’m putting together a shared Knit Picks order with a few friends (so we can collectively meet the free shipping minimum), and in a week or two I should have the tools I need.
Meanwhile, I’ll be picking out another unfinished project to focus on for a bit. What will it be? I think we’ll just have to wait and see!