Monday, March 16, 2015

Green Shawl of Woe


There have been several moments over the past few weeks where I've felt sure that the green shawl would be done that day. For the most part, this has been a total joy to knit. The yarn is delightful, the colors charming, and the first 3/4ths of this shawl went exactly as planned.


But the border's been a bit tricky. I've ended up having to rip it out four times, for a mix of careless mistakes and poor math. I sat outside all yesterday afternoon and finally tinked it back for the last time, actually swatched for the border (yes, I did an initial swatch, but apparently if you change things you need to swatch again), and worked out an excellent final plan that will absolutely work and be done in just a few hours.


And then this happened. I knew I had one other US5 needle around, so I found it and started again, until I remembered that this set had split at one tip and was unusable and I hadn't remembered to throw it away yet. So this will have to wait until my new needle gets here-I've ordered one and hopefully it will get here this week.


But until then, it's not like I don't have other stuff to work on.

14 comments:

  1. Oh it's so annoying when a needle snaps! But that yellow project looks delightful as well luckily!

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    1. Thanks! It's working out all right-I'd been feeling like I was neglecting the yellow shawl, so it's nice to mix it up.

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  2. Yes, there's always something else to knit haha! I do love that yellow yarn! Both look like wonderful and colorful projects to work on :)

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    1. There's always something else! And yes, the colors are delightful, and just what I need right now.

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  3. hahaha - yes, thank goodness for multiples wips :) Both are looking beautiful!

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  4. good luck ! I also was struggling with a green shawl (:
    Yours looks lovely!

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    1. Thank you Hannah! Your shawl looks delightful, can't wait to see pictures of it blocked!

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  5. What a beautiful shawl! Too bad about the border and even worse about your needle! Hope you have a replacement soon!

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    1. Thanks! I just got the shipping notification today :)

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  6. lovely shawl and what a bummer about the needle...I rarely break needles but then mine are metal so maybe they are stronger??

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    1. Yeah, one of the hazards with wooden needles is that they're more breakable. These ones are really cheap too-I bought them when I was a newish knitter and only spent $15 on a whole set-you definitely get what you pay for, and I'm working on updating all my needles as they wear out.

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  7. oh no, that's terrible! I actually am not a big fan of bamboo needles for that reason- I've had too many experiences of the tip breaking off or splitting, buying nail files at airports to sand it down to be functional again, etc... your shawl will be lovely when it's done, but I"m sorry you've had so many hiccups with it!

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    1. I love the way bamboo needles feel, but you're right, they break way too much. This shawl has had it's share of hiccups, but I'm going to optimistically say that it will be smooth sailing from here, just as soon as the new needle gets here.

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