i’ve been slacking with this lately. last week was the first week of another term. the week prior i had finals. i’ve definitely been knitting here and there, on this and that. but i have a terrible case of startitis. i’ve been wanting to knit the sorbet shawl for a while now. i’ve had some knitpicks shimmer lace in my stash for over 2 years (before i really knew much about lace or yarn for that matter) and i thought i’d give it a try with this pattern. the original pattern uses a fancy blend of two yarns from artyarns (cashmere anyone?). however, i am picky about the tiny bit of cashmere i have in my stash, and so, knitpicks shimmer lace it is. i actually got the idea to use this yarn because knitpicks offers a kit which combines the two. i am using the pattern from the book (reversible knits by iris schreier), which has several items in it that i want to knit.
the photo above shows the progress i made, or lack of it, on my 3rd or 4th time casting this on. after the most recent re-cast on of this project (i think i’m on number 5), i realized why there are only 3 projects in ravelry for this pattern. it is a pain in the butt! you really have to pay attention.
the picture above shows a quasi chart i made for myself so i can keep track of exactly where i am in the pattern. there is a chart in the book, but as far as i can tell, it is just a snapshot, to give you an idea of how the shawl progresses. so it doesn’t list every single row, or even every single right side row. it does list the right and wrong sides, because, each side changes. no rows of just purling or just knitting with this shawl. nope. there is always something going on. but as you can see from my quasi chart…this shawl is several rows of knitting, and the chart in the book, i think it covers approximately 36 rows? maybe less, maybe more…i’m not sure because it doesn’t really matter. after you complete a 12-row repeat of this shawl, you add another section on each side, and that makes up your next 12-rwo repeat. this goes on and on, so that by the end, you have a total of 200+ rows.
now, looking at the picture of this shawl in the book, it looks fairly simple, no? well, i guess technically speaking, it is simple. there is nothing too crazy going on stitch-wise. but it is definitely something you need to pay attention to, no auto-pilot here. and stitch markers are a must (they aren’t suggested or recommended in the pattern, but if you attempt this, they will help you keep your sanity).
and i’ll leave you with my progress so far, after Paying Careful Attention to the pattern:) i’m also working on a few socks, and two sweaters:) but i really want to cast on a few more things Right Now Right Now