Have I told you all how great it is to read the comments you write after I post a finished project? You know how to boost a girl's ego! All I do is match up a pattern with some yarn and knit it. LOTS of people do that and do it well. The real credit goes to the designers and dyers and yarn people. I'm doing the easiest part. Case in point:
In case you haven't noticed I've been bitten by the lace bug and bitten deep. It's an itchy bite and I keep scratching.
- Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Pierce Lawrence (ravelry link)
- Yarn: Woolen Rabbit Whisper Merino Lace in Herb Roberts (recognize it?)
- Needles: Addi Lace in size4
- Cast On: May 19, 2009
- Bound Off: May 28, 2009
- Blocked: May 31, 2009
My head so firmly dreaming in the Forest Canopy of lace and having more than half the skein of yarn left from the Norwegian Woods Shawl, I cast on for this as soon as I finished it. I had yarn and I was bound to use up as much of it as I possibly could. If.It.Killed.Me. And it just about did. Using the Shawl Percentage Calculator at Rose-Kim Knits (thanks, Jessica!) and my postal scale I calculated as I went along, doggedly determined to knit every possible inch. As enjoyable as this knit was (and it really is-if you knit it as written there are far fewer repeats of the lace pattern-not nearly enough to send a person to the insane asylum) , there was a race to see what would win out, my will to consume the yarn or my will to live. You can probably guess at the internal battle. At a certain point, when the shawl had grown to a generous size and there was still a hefty little ball of yarn left, I kept bargaining with myself. Each repeat was to be the last. It was all I could take. And then I would do the math, weigh the yarn, knit another repeat. The winner?
And then there was none some, but not enough for another repeat.
Did you figure this out yet? I also had beads left from both the Spring Things Shawl and the Norwegian Woods Shawl. What the hell, throw those in, too. Why not?
As simple as this shawl is, one repeat until the border, it is deceptively elegant. The yarn has a beautiful drape and the beads add that sparkle of blue sky glimpsed through the Forest Canopy. Aren't beads and lace photogenic?
Don't you just want one? Well, you could have one. I'll be donating this shawl to Claudia's MS Ride raffle. Each $10 donation provides a chance to win fabulous prizes and even better, help with research and treatment of people with Multiple Sclerosis. Go. Donate.