Yarn Along

I’ll start with books because I didn’t get any pictures with them.  And I started a new one.  Because I finally finished Life of Pi.  It was interesting.  I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with a weak stomach or in the first trimester – it’s rather graphic.  So now, for a change of pace, I started a Sherlock Holmes tale, Scandal in Bohemia

As to my knitting, Karen called it.  I finished the shawl last night.  Thanks for egging me on encouraging me to get it finished.  🙂  I did really like the pattern – nice and simple.  And I did figure out how I dropped those stitches.  I very nearly did it again!  But caught myself this time so crisis averted.  I did find the bind off ridiculously tedious, though.  It took me over three hours to finish!  Granted, I am highly distractable and maybe if I’d been able to focus it would have gone more quickly.  It’s hard to focus when it’s one thing after another – I was hungry, I was thirsty, my back hurt, my butt hurt, I had to go to the bathroom, I was hungry again, I had to yell at the TV “you can’t leave me hanging like that for four months!” I had to pee again, I was thirsty again…  It was the season finales of NCIS and NCIS:LA 😉  Luckily (?) the LA one was 2 hours.  Luckily since I was gonna be up working anyway.  And just after 11 this is what happened…

 The bind off also required a copious amount of yarn!  And as you can see I didn’t realize it would.  Thankfully I have one more ball of the same yarn but what a pain.  Part of me wishes I’d just joined the other yarn and added a few more rows of the lace (which I’d thought about doing) but I wanted to be done and didn’t want to mess around.  Oh well, hind sight and all.  And being after 11 at night I didn’t mess around with finding the proper spot in the color to join but I don’t think it’s all that noticeable.  Time (and blocking) will tell. 

Now it just needs blocking and shipping off 🙂  I’ll try to post some pictures before I send it. 
But first off to link up with Ginny


About *kate

A mama looking for a little piece of peace in her day.
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8 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. Joanne says:

    It is just beautiful. She is going to love it. How very special for you to do that. Congratulations on finishing it and especially on picking up the dropped stitches. I would have probably bagged the project at that point!

  2. Tracey says:

    Your are so funny Kate, thanks for the laugh this morning.
    My heart nearly stopped when I saw your first photo, but am so glad you were able to finish. The shawl is lovely.
    Have a wonderful yarn along day.

  3. Swanski says:

    Yay~ The shawl is lovely and it is off the needles!! I did enjoy your agony while finishing. It was soooo worth it, right?

  4. meghann says:

    Oh, that's lovely! I missed most of the knitting of it – things have been so crazy here, I've not been keeping up with my blog-reading. Glad to be catching up in time to see the beautiful result! xo

  5. Beautiful! Great knitting!

  6. Kathy says:

    Beautiful shawl! I love the colors. My great grandmother used to say that little things like the perfect color join will “never be seen from a galloping horse” and that was sort of her gold standard for nitpicky perfection — if you wouldn't see it from a galloping horse, then why bother, I guess?!?

  7. Emily says:

    Awesome job!!! You rocked it!

  8. cpcable says:

    Congrats on finishing the shawl! Ahh, that must feel good to have it off the needles and looking so lovely!

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