I’ve hit a critical point on the mandala shawl. The last time you saw it, it looked like this. Quite frankly, to the untrained eye it doesn’t look much different at the moment. I am about 4 rows away from the end of clue #4. It will not be large enough for a shawl as it is, even with the knitted on border. I can either double the stitches again, and add more clues, or I could consider it done and use it as a lovely circular tablecloth. I am not sure what to do, and there are pro’s and con’s to them both. I don’t know if I am going to like the color changes in the shawl form, but they would be interesting in a tablecloth. But to put THAT much work into the “shawl that never ends” (yes, it has its own song now) to not wear it would be a bit sad. Any suggestions?
I knit the shawl this weekend, as well as a bit on my pom sock, and I started my La Digitessa sock. This La Digitessa business is blowing my mind! It all started with a short row toe, which I have never attempted before. I got grumpy during the knitting of it, but I love it so much now that I will use the toe again. Yarnissima’s instructions are stellar, and this is the first time I have made short rows that look good without gaps.
Isn’t that a pretty toe!?!? At this rate, J may get more socks yet. His biggest complaint is the standard toe of the socks I have been knitting him, he doesn’t like that they look square. He was well impressed with this one. I really like it too.
Then I began the pattern. Er…um…this is a TOUGH pattern! I am not just saying it. I think it is gorgeous, but it is hard to do. I like to knit my socks “quick and dirty” which means simple quick patterns that I don’t have to think about. There is nothing quick and dirty about this sock, this is all about elegance and difficulty. Please understand that this is not a shot at the way the pattern is written, as it is written beautifully and thoroughly, but rather a divergence from my regularly loved simple sock knits.
I struggled a bit with the travelling stitches, the pattern is marked out in a way that was not immediately familiar to me. It took me awhile to get that under control. Just when I got the travelling stitches under control, I began the gusset. Erm, to be honest, I haven’t gotten the hang of that yet, but I am not frogging. We will have to call that a learning experience. I am fairly certain I am understanding that part now too, so I am sure it will all change the next time I knit at it.
I have to admit, she is pretty though…
Yeah, please ignore the mistakes which are so glaringly obvious to me! Learning, remember? That wollmeise yarn knits into a very shiny and thick sock. I like!