There were lots of exciting happenings this weekend that I’ll share this week, but for today I’m grateful and excited that the blog is keeping me honest and helping me get some small-but-important goals accomplished.
I cleaned out my car over the weekend. I found a pair of pants I borrowed months ago from glamorous and a pair of pants I’d been meaning to send to my Mom (lucky she was here — she tried them on and loved the fit, so they went home with her!) as well as two pairs of sneakers and the brown belt I’ve been looking for everywhere. It gets worse though. I’m a crazy trash lady. There were over fifteen empty water bottles in the back seat, a full trash-bag worth of garbage, including an empty sample-size cereal box and several wads of gum and candybar wrappers. I also found about eight empty packets of . . . um . . . oral contraceptives on the floor of the backseat. So basically that means it’s been over eight months since I cleaned out the old civic. Instead of me gestating a child, my car’s been gestating a landfill. Gross. I dropped off two boxes at Goodwill, two bags at the drycleaner’s, and now I can have passengers in the backseat again and feel good about my fuel economy. Joy!
I also made my self-imposed Frost Flowers & Leaves deadline. I’ve been trying to estimate the fully-blocked size of the shawl, and using my lifelines to measure each section, I’m guessing that the center section, basically the whole of chart one, is 32 inches diagonally across. With two rounds of chart 2 completed, and the third round underway, I estimated that each round of chart two adds 8 inches, so my shawl would currently be about 48 inches across after a good blocking.
To determine the current size, I measured from the center-point of the shawl to the lifeline at the end of chart one and got roughly 16 inches when I stretched it out. Then I measured each repeat of chart two and found that each repeat was about 4 inches wide. I measured along the “leaves” that climb diagonally to the corners of the shawl, so hopefully that will give me a good, rough sense about sizing.
Then I took my soft tape measure over to glamorous, who decided she’d like a shawl that will be about 7 feet across (diagonally), or even a bit smaller. If chart three and the edging add 8 inches to the shawl (and this is a wild guess based on the width of chart two) then I think five repeats of chart two will be perfect — about 80 inches diagonally. The best news is that since I’ve started the third repeat of chart two, I can (sort of) start to get excited about reaching the halfway point. Even better, as the shawl grows under my fingers I’m feeling more confident that glamorous will like and might actually use the shawl. I’m also gaining confidence about my lace skills and thinking ahead to the next project . . . that lace blouse from the latest Interweave has been calling to me!