Knitting

Yes, I Like This Thing. This Thing Is Good.

There are patterns that have been on my to-do list for years. I don’t know why it takes me so long to get to them; quite often I have the yarn and needles ready and have purchased the pattern but still they languish in the back of my stash for months and months.

Then a moment will come where it’s exactly the right time to start it. This is usually at the moment when I should be doing something else important, because procrastination is the greatest motivator I know.

A couple of weeks ago I was at my yarn store and realised I couldn’t knit the project I’d brought with me so cast on with the only other yarn I’d brought; my Wollmeise. Two weeks later I have my Damask shawl finished and blocked. For Canada Day I even took it out for a test run and boy, was it comfortable. Just right for a cool day that’s not cold enough for a sweater.

Damask by Kitman Figueroa is a pleasure to knit. I remember how hard it was when I tried about two and a half years ago; it hurt my head and I gave up after casting on three times and still messing up a few rows in. Yet apparently I have improved because this time the pattern was a breeze. Even the nupps were only difficult the first time, which is fun since every time I’ve tried them before has been a failure.

So without further ado I present to you… my Damask.

Sholl2

What do you mean, I’m a bit of a hippy? It’s almost as if it’s in my blood (thanks Dad).

I will never get over the fact the spine of the shawl doesn’t hit mine in this photo, but we were busy coercing a dog into running off some of his energy so we didn’t have time to keep trying.

Sholl

Here it is with its proper wing-span. I did a looser gauge than the pattern called for because I wanted a loose and draping shawl, and I’m pleased with the result. It’s bigger than I expected. When I pinned it down to block it I didn’t have quite enough room when I thought I would have ample.

That’s the first time I blocked lace, though. I wish I’d got a before/after photo. Next time!

And believe me… there will be a next time. I am doing everything I can not to immediately cast on another shawl as we speak. No, bad Polo! It’s time to knit for your upcoming nephew. He’ll come any day now. No more shawls.

Yet.

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26 thoughts on “Yes, I Like This Thing. This Thing Is Good.

  1. Glad you had a good first experience blocking lace. A good blocking just makes lace sing. It can look like a puddle of snot beforehand.

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