the snow shawl is enjoying a seat in the timeout chair today. but not for a bad reason.
we had a marathon knitting session all day yesterday. i have a pretty good idea now what the final size will be, and . . . ooops, i think it’s going to be bigger than i wanted.
i know, i know—everyone likes a great big shawl. but when you are talking about a square, you have to be careful. we don’t want it to weigh a ton now, do we?
anyhow, in my zeal to make sure, halfway through, that i had plenty planned to make it to a generous finished size, i think i overdid it.
but it’s totally fixable. i know exactly what to do to tighten things up. there’s an area in the design between the large snowflakes and the tree border that’s been bothering me anyway (and probably i’m the only one who can see it), where i would love tighten things up a bit. no problem—it would be a pleasure to take out 20 rows or so—i don’t even need to make the hard choice of eliminating a whole section or motif. phew.
and no, i am NOT going to rip back and fix it in the shawl; that would mean undoing over a week’s worth of work and i am not that sturdy a woman. it’s ok if my own shawl is a little big. i can adjust the pattern, send it to the test knitters, and then borrow one of theirs for the final pattern photos. it’s possible i could even fudge the photos using my own, but if i can borrow one that is an exact representation of the written pattern, i’d feel better.
since we are not fighting, the shawl also got to visit with me in my office today while i slaved away at the computer writing the pattern.
(hehe—don’t even remark on the irony of my lovely valentine from david sitting amidst the hideous mess of my desk top. sigh; it seems i am always letting something slide these days.)
anyhow, we will be able to send out a pattern to the test knitters tomorrow for the first half of the shawl and i hope to have the complete pattern to them by wednesday.
that way we can all work away on our respective parts while i’m away (i’m going to SPA! i’m getting out of town!). i am pretty sure now that i will be taking the shawl on the road for the finishing. i think i can finish up the body of it before i leave, and then knit the edging while i visit with my mom next week.
what we REALLY need is to decide on the name. i love the snow on cedars name and am trying to think of a good variation on it. i’d like to get pines and snow in there if possible.
so, since i relaxed on my own deadline to have the square finished before i leave (hmmm, it would be almost done NOW if i hadn’t overknit), i decided to give that project a rest for the day.
beckie came over to knit for the afternoon and i worked on gale.
which was so lonely that i found it snuggling up to the candy dish in the classroom, maybe hoping to get get the best seat for garnering attention tomorrow during classes.
i rescued it and gave it another 10 or 12 inches with with to wrap itself around that chocolate; we’ve all been there, right?
and now i have a confession. much as i love the socks and adore the shawls, my eye and mind have been wandering this week. another fetching little beauty has been stealing into my brain at any opportunity, worming its pretty little self into my subconscious and conscious imaginings.
it’s whispering (salaciously), “i wanna be yo’ next little nuthin’, baby.”
and it’s making my fingers itch.
the sly little vixen.