Friday, April 25, 2008

Fits and Starts

Pi is giving me fits.

No, wait, not Pi so much as the edging on Pi. I decided to knit the border and the cast off as one so as to retain as much stretch as possible.

First, I started with a lovely old (from an ancient leaflet with a 10 cent price tag) edging that starts on 9 stitches.

About 43 repeats (of 96) it became clear that there was Not Enough Yarn Left on this ball. So I frogged carefully (possible as there was only one "live" stitch for every other row of edging).

At that point, I had to stop and re-group.

Checking the stash, I discovered two 100 g balls of Vanna's Choice in a color called, simply "pink." (It's a sort of dusty rose, not that insipid chewed bubble gum color that passes for "baby pink" in most ack.) Might make a nice edging. Certainly, there's enough. . . And thus, Dear Reader, I proceeded to knit some "set up" rows in the base yarn before switching to the pink.

But I don't really WANT a pink edge. I want a solid, creamy off-white baby shawl that will be suitable for seriously dressy occasions (think christening) if the parents so desire, and Not Gender Specific (despite being lacy, think Traditional Christening Attire).

So I tinked 1152 stitches (half in knit, half in purl) and dug into my many books of stitches.

And there, in Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embelishments, I found the perfect combination of narrow (start with 5 stitches), lacy, and garter stitch (to tame the curl).

Each 8-row repeat takes 3 minutes. There are 144 of them. And my scale and I have become close friends (knit a repeat or two, check the weight of the remaining yarn).

I may be certifiable by the time this is finished.


How frustrating. It is so hard for me to take a deep breath and do what needs to be done.

It's going to be gorgeous, tho. Can't wait to see it!
Good luck!
owicgsqxAnd you're going to give it away?!!! Your Pi is most lovely.
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