Happily, my Shetland Tea Shawl drama of last week is no more. The shawl is restored, work continues and I am happy.
I took on board all those comments about striving for perfection and honestly, if the section that fell off the cable was truly, glaringly awful I’d have ripped it out but in the end, my surgical skills proved valuable and the mistake is hardly visible at all.
I think what worked in my favour was that the first row after the incident had a lot of stocking stitch in it so restoring the stitch count was simpler and soon I was off and running. A great result.
Over the weekend, a cool change arrived and with it, the ability to sit with a large shawl on my lap. An absence of sweat is a wonderful thing.
I took this photo last night, admiring the way the silver needles and stitch marker looked against the blue fabric. So pretty. The marker is lovely isn’t it? It’s part of a set given to me by Jodi in Alabama. A sheep with a bell around its neck. She thought she was clever finding that for me. I tend to agree.
Incidentally, call me crazy but when I finished the 36 row madeira lace chart on this shawl on the weekend, a chart that’s given me such grief, I decided to follow the suggestion in the pattern and repeat it all over again. I’m worried the shawl is going to turn out too small and there’s something so useless about a small circular shawl. I have one. It’s difficult to wear. I want this to be big, and for it to use as much of the wollmeise as possible.
So I started the 36 row chart again to make the shawl bigger – and this time I put a lifeline in between on a plain row. I might be crazy, but I’m not stupid.