I started this shawl back in September when I abandoned the shawl I’d started the previous summer – yes that would be summer 2010. If I hadn’t touched it for over 12 months it wasn’t going to be finished any time soon. I don’t knit much lace because I find it a bit messy, or maybe it’s because I don’t really have any reason to do lacy things or it could just be that I don’t really like knitting it – loath as I am to admit not liking anything knitty other than circular needles and intarsia (that’s multi colour knitting for the non knitters and should not be confused with fairisle).
Anyhoo, after deciding I wanted to knit a lace shawl, and even though the first one didn’t get very far, I searched for another pattern on Ravelry, which again to the non knitters is kinda like Facebook for knitters but with added extras. You can see how finished items look not just as per the pattern but as knit/crocheted by other knitters. I’d once seen a blanket pattern that I just loved and after having checked it out on Ravelry and seeing finished articles it put me right off.
It turned out that the majority of the shawls I liked were all by the same designer, Birgit Freyer. So I tootled off to her website and selected myself ‘Flamenco‘.* Now I have no trouble knitting with fine yarn but I do like knitting it on fine needles, so cobwebby yarn on 4.5 mm needles I find a bit, you guessed it, messy and fiddly as well.
I have been perservering, and undoing – which is extra fiddly and here’s how it looks so far…
The big plus is that I’ve got plenty of yarn for when it tips me over the edge and I throw it out the window and start again.
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* When I went to Birgit’s website to link to the pattern and saw her beautiful finished article I could have cried!