that is, the FINISH line!! YAY!, the wooster shawl is Done. do you want to see? of course you do!
let me first show the progress from friday and saturday:
this is it on the morning of day 6 (friday):
and on day 7:
you can see i really buckled down and got a lot done. i worked through all my medium gray yarn and started the outer band of the darkest color. i briefly wondered if i should have made the center square larger (since i had more light gray yarn) and contemplated (still MORE briefly) going back and adding onto it. ok, i was getting a little nervous that i would run out of yarn. yeah, i know i spun 2,000 yards, but i still got nervous. it looks so small before you block it; i was worried it would never stretch to the right size.
and rightly so! i DID run out of yarn, or at least i did feel justified in using every last bit, and then knitting a two-row edge of the lightest gray as a finish.
it looked like this when i bound it off the needles, morning of day 8:
it was all of 48 inches square, maybe; SO not big enough! and SO ugly. then i soaked it for a couple of hours and spent a couple of hours pinning it out to dry:
it stretched to 60 inches then, with a diagonal of about 78 inches. perfect. then, today, the morning of day 9, i took out all the pins. it relaxed back about one-half inch on each side (not bad at all). you might be able to see the pin marks in this photo:
here is a detail of the stitches unstretched, and then stretched:
quite a difference; unstretched the patterns have more depth and texture, but stretched, you get the full effect of the openwork and sheerness.
and finally, the full piece:
there really isn’t anything else to say abut it; i think it speaks for itself.
tomorrow, updates on other lacepacers team members, and more olympic athlete spotlight!