The WIP that wasn't





I found this really beautiful shawl pattern a few weeks ago - Texelle - and I couldn't stop myself from buying the pattern and immediately ordering the same yarn (Madelinetosh DK in calligraphy).  It was the week of my birthday, so it was completely justifiable as a little "self gift".  I've long admired things knit in this colorway, and it's just as beautiful in real life as it is on the internet.
Unfortunately I have to say the pattern could have benefited from more stitch counts.  They're mentioned at the beginning but quickly disappear, leaving non-expert shawl knitters with no way to check that they're doing things right!
To make things even more precarious, I took it upon myself to change the type of increase, as I don't really like the large holes that yarn-over increases make.  I knew it was risky, but I wanted to try.
After I took the above pictures, I realized that I had made a big mistake with the "spine" of the shawl.  I got so carried away garter stitching in the first part that I forgot to purl the back of the middle stitches so that it would be stockinette the whole way down the front.  (You know how good knitters talk about "mindless knitting".  Yeah, I really need to engage my mind when I knit.  I'm obviously not good enough to knit mindlessly yet!!)
Last night I undid that stitch all the way down to the bottom, (this lovely lady convinced me it was easy as pie), but this didn't help things look better.  The hard fact is, I just chose the wrong type of increase.  After some discussion with my expert knitter friend Nicole, (re: me pleading with her to tell me it wouldn't be noticeable once the shawl was completed and not to rip it all out!), I knew what I had to do.  I ripped the sucker out.
And so, the shawl you see above is no more.  But I will rebuild her, better than ever!  And with the smallest yo increases I can manage!!
Thanks for sharing my pain!
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WIP Wednesday - Single Girl blocks


I'm not sure if this is a WIP or a finish, because although it's not a quilt top yet it sure feels like I've crossed a finish line!  I first wrote about this quilt last October, so it's almost taken me a year to get these blocks done.  After I finished a quilt about two weeks ago, I decided to get serious about piecing the blocks.  I counted and realized I only had half done - a measly 8 blocks!  So I set a goal of doing four quarter blocks a day - one full ring - and I did it!  Now I have all 16 rings done, all Anna Maria Horner and low volume fabrics.
This is going to be a nice, big queen size quilt for our bed.  There's no way I could give this one away after all the time I've spent on it.  Right now I'm trying to decide whether to use cotton or wool batting.  Do I want a summer quilt or a winter one?
I don't usually make quilts with so much negative space, so I hope I love it once it's done.  If Jolene's is anything to judge by, I definitely will!
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