Every once in a while, I finish a project and don’t want to look at it for a while. Something about it strikes a nerve. The yarn was fussy, the pattern had errors, it was just a horrible slog. Something happens that makes me fold it neatly in a drawer and put it away when it’s done, until the bad feelings dissipate.
That’s what I had to do with this shawl:
But why? You’re asking. It’s a lovely shawl! And you’re absolutely right. The yarn is pretty, there are beads and lace, the shape is unusual but pleasing. But when I finished, I had to put it away. Because of this:
This is the shawl, a row and a half from completion, when I had about 800 stitches on the needles, in the middle of row of lace and beads. It was at that point that the cable on my knitting needles BROKE and I dropped about 50 stitches. Fifty stitches with lace and beads. At the time this happened, I just froze, scared to move. If my camera hadn’t been sitting next to me, there’s no way I would have taken a photo.
Eventually I recovered my senses, replaced the needles, carefully picked up the dropped stitches, and finished the shawl. But it was arduous, unpleasant, and just plain not fun. I admit that I soaked and blocked this almost immediately, and then stuck it in the closet.
As it turns out, it only took a month for the bad feelings to disappear, and now I love it again:
Pattern: Trapeze Shawl by Laura Nelkin (Ravelry Project Link)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Opaline, with gunmetal and smoky amethyst seed beads
This was a mystery shawl pattern, where the instructions were sent in small increments over a few weeks. First, we knit three trapezoids. Then we joined them with the triangles. Finally, we knit the border. I admit, this was a super clever pattern and I never knew exactly what to expect from week to week!
There are a lot of beads on this shawl – both triangles are filled with beads, and the ruffle also had two different colored beads working in harmony.
I had never worked with beads before, so this was certainly a huge bead project to undertake as my first ever. That said, I learned a few beading techniques, and I’m really thrilled with the results.
I’m glad I let this project rest, because I really like it again.
See? You can’t even tell where the needle broke and I dropped the stitches. And I’m not going to show you.