I realized on Friday that I had 7 days to complete a shawl I’ve been working on haphazardly all month. First I had to finish BB’s socks. Then I really felt I needed those fingerless gloves I finished last week. And since it’s gotten even cooler, if that’s possible, I started thinking light mittens might be the order of the day. That’s when I realized I only had one week to complete the shawl. Now I only have a couple of days and I’ve hardly had a chance to work on it.
You see, it’s Mad May in the Madelinetosh Lovers group on Ravelry. There are contests, and KALs (knit-alongs) and CALs (crochet-alongs) and there are prizes. There have been special savings on gorgeous patterns from the designers and there is, of course, the yarn. Everyone loves Madelinetosh!
I got swept up. I bought the most beautiful shawl pattern from Boo Knits, called Fragile Heart.
Knit and Caboodle had the yarn I wanted, Madelinetosh Lace in Fig
I was so excited to start! Never mind that I’d never knit with lace weight before. Never mind that the pattern called for knitting in hundreds of beads – something else I’ve never done. I was making this shawl!
The shawl is cast on with a tab and for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. I tried more than a dozen times. No luck. I couldn’t see the stitches. Knitting with lace weight yarn is like knitting with sewing thread, only softer. I wasn’t about to be beat by a cast-on. Someone very wise once said, “There are no knitting police” so I made my own way. I cast on a few stitches and made a couple of increases to get the proper number to start with. I did leave a long enough tail that I can go back and reinforce those first stitches if needed. That was the only hard part – so far. Even the beading hasn’t proved very difficult, tho’ 2 more hands would be helpful.
And here I am, after the weekend, having only completed 4 more rows. I could start the lace border right now and surely finish up in time but I really want a bigger shawl than that. That means at least one repeat of the 16-row lace section I’ve just finished. I’d feel more confident about finishing if I could just call in sick to work these next couple of days, but I might have to settle for finishing after the deadline. That would make me ineligible for the final prize, but seeing as I’ve already won a prize in this contest, I think I could live with the disappointment.
I think I have the perfect yarn for it, something I’ve been saving for a special gift, but first, to finish my Fragile Fig. Maybe I can get a couple of rows done before work.