Thursday, February 01, 2007

Faster Than a Speeding Swallow

A certain chic knitblogger gave me just the encouragement I needed the other night – I’d been thinking about lace and had my eye on the Swallowtail Shawl . “It’s easy” she said, “you’ll be done in a week.”

Crazy, I know, a lace shawl in a week, but here it is...



Fine, it’s been more like 10 days, but that’s still pretty fast. I think I’ve discovered the secret to lace knitting – Don’t Look Back. If I don’t have enough stitches I just pick one up; too many and I k2tog. Tinking lace is just about as fun as the wax based method of personal epilation and in both cases I usually just end up making the situation worse. When knitting lace it’s best to just embrace your mistakes and soldier on, rather than obsessing about the finer details. (Some may argue that the whole point of lace is the finer details, but those people also have alphabetized spice racks.)

If I can find some pins I'll be blocking tonight and have FO photos tomorrow.

7 comments:

gleek said...

good point on the "not looking back" way of things. i'm the type that just puts in a lifeline every repeat so that i at least don't have to rip back very far if i have to!

Veronique said...

Um, yeah, I definitely look back. If I'm one st off, I'll check every single st until I figure out where my mistake is. And no, I don't have an alphabetized spice rack! This is normal, right?
Now get blocking! It'll take a couple hours to dry, and, oh, it'll look so beautiful once it's all stretched out. :)

Katy said...

10 days!! That's awesome! God, that's way faster than me--please tell me you didn't add any rows!

Also impressed with the speed of your blogging. Arrgh, must do that...

Christy said...

Lace shawl in 10 days? Impressive. Look forward to the post-blocking photos.

craptina said...

Holy smokes, you are fast! Isn't is funny how people admire how complicated lace is, but it's really not that difficult. Just a lot of YO's and k2tog's. Can't wait to see it live!!

schrodinger said...

How satisfied you must feel with the speedy knitting of the shawl, can't wait to see it blocked.

Ashley said...

OK, that's amazing. 10 days? Really? Hmmm. Is there a swallowtail in my future?