In the past few weeks I’ve been agonizing over the seemingly endless Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl that I’m working for my sister glamorous. In fact, I think the ladies of Stitch ‘n Bitch are starting to know me by the shawl. Last night I checked out the Westwood SnB meeting at Borders books — what the gathering lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in company. My giant jellyfish of lace and its accompanying 1lb cone of Zephyr make quite an impression I guess. I have to admit, I do get some pleasure out of knitting something more challenging in front of other knitters. I am just competitive that way. But I guess it’s the same as another SnBer Bridget’s competitive sock-knitting bug . . . I am more competitive with myself than with anyone else, and I’d be knitting the lace whether or not anyone was watching. There are lots of reasons I knit, but the most important is that I love it.
What I really want to celebrate though is that I think I’ve finally broken the back of the beast. I agonized about modifications to the shawl in order to make a finished size that would meet glamorous’ exacting specifications, and after much debate, I finally settled on five repeats of chart two instead of the suggested seven repeats. Once I got this big decision under my belt, I suddenly picked up speed and momentum on the actual knitting. I finished the third repeat of chart two last weekend, and this week I’ve managed to do at least a round each night. Just ten more rows to go on repeat four!
Of course, browsing through photos from the Yahoo! Frost Flowers & Leaves group, I came across several wonderful photos of finished shawls and noticed that the length of chart three might be out of proportion if I don’t do as many rounds of chart two. Now I’m thinking perhaps I should do six repeats of chart two and one less repeat of chart three.
This knitting stuff is great because it gives me something to obsess about. Worried about my life? Where is my relationship going? Is my career heading in a positive direction? Am I part of the problem or part of the solution? Ha. Ha. Forget all that crap, HOW MANY REPEATS OF CHART TWO SHOULD I DO?!?
The SnB at Borders last night also gave me a chance to browse the knitting-books section, and since I had a Borders gift card burning a hole in my pocket and several upcoming babies to knit for, I picked up the Louisa Harding Interweave Press book Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. I love the cute little hats and sweaters in this book! Time to break into my stash of Swish . . .