It's done, it's DONE!
So, I took my lovely shawlette to sit 'n knit on Tuesday determined to get back on it and finish it for Project Spectrum. I worked on it for a bit last night as well, washed it, blocked it and it was dry this am! YEAH! I LOVE IT!!!!!
It's my first 'lace' project and I love it. It was such a cool thing to see the pattern just 'show up' when I blocked it. It had been all wrinkled and balled up and then it opened up so beautifully when being blocked. I couldn't help but think of it as a very similar experience to a birth. The shawl, in it's pre-bath, pre-blocked state was all curled in on itself, very much like in a fetal position (I SCREAM nurse at times don't I?) then the pattern just opened up and was revealed or 'born' during the blocking process. I included the one picture of just a portion of the shawlette for a better representation of the true colors of the yarn.
BTW, this was my first project with Koigu and now I understand the obsession with it. It was a delight to work with from casting on, to ripping back (ack, the memory still hurts!), to knitting, blocking and wearing. All lovely phases of this project with Koigu. I will DEFINITELY be using Koigu again and again.
Back to the shawlette itself now. If you compare mine to the picture from the pattern you will notice that I blocked mine out much further than she called for. I did that on purpose. I blocked it to the specified dimensions but then I pulled it out a bit more and I liked the look of it better. It has a faroese shaping to it which I really like. The shoulders just seem to 'fit' right onto my shoulders, just perfectly! Ahh! ;-)
I can TOTALLY see how lace knitting would be so addictive. I can't wait to find a new lace project. What should it be? What should it be? Hummmmmmmmmm,