I have some time off between jobs, so I’m doing what anyone would do: cleaning my apartment, watching movies, and knitting. It’s very enjoyable so far.

New Project: Flower Basket Shawl
I’ve wanted to knit this shawl since I first saw it in Interweave Knits in 2004. But I’m just not good at lace – I need to concentrate on it, count, knit slowly, and often read the charts out loud to myself as I go along. Not my typical style.

Yarn Ennui.  Poor Socks That Rock.
That’s Lunasea, Lucy, and Lemongrass, wound into balls and ready for action.

But I had these three skeins of Socks That Rock Heavyweight, intended to be some version of the Chevron Scarf, and for some reason, the Lemongrass just said “shawl!” to me. Probably partially inspired by the beautiful Rose Quartz shawl the Yarn Harlot just finished.

Anyway, I started the Flower Basket Shawl, and I did the first chart. Then I ripped. Again and again and again. The farthest I got was right past the first repeat of the pattern. Dan began talking to me, I messed up, couldn’t fix it, and ripped back. Oops.

I tried again last night, while watching an episode of The Tudors I had already seen (so no need to pay attention to the television, but offers a nice amount of background noise), and gave Dan the very direct instructions to not speak to me unless I was not knitting. If he needed to say something, he could inform me, and I would talk to him at the end of the row.

Flower Basket Shawl, 2 repeats down.
You can’t see it, but there’s a lifeline threaded just under the row currently on the needles.

Sounds weird, but it worked. Dan hadn’t seen the show, so he was mostly paying attention to that, with the occasional question (“Can you name the six wives of Henry VIII?”*), and I’d just wait till my row was finished and answer him. At the end of the night, I was two repeats in!

Flower Basket Motif
Look! A flower basket!

I’m so proud of myself. I even threaded life-lines in after every repeat, so if I have to rip back, it won’t be back to the beginning.

Dan’s Aran Update

I’ve finished the first front, seamed it with the three needle bind off (I love knitting seaming instead of, uhm, seaming it), and began the second. Have I mentioned how much I love knitting this sweater?

Dan's Aran: First front and back

Back to my day’s routine.  The Cider House Rules and the Flower Basket Shawl are calling.

PS: You’ve seen Ravelry by now, right? It’s really cool.

*Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr.  Just ’cause I had to go look it up when I couldn’t remember Catherine Parr’s second name.


5 Responses

  1. ah!!!! not getting into ravelry is killing me! *whimpers*


    that shawl is looking awesome! I think you picked the best color for it! it looks just so happy!

  2. The shawl is looking pretty darn awesome. Worth ripping through to get where you are? 🙂 And the Aran is gorgeous. Love the color! And love the three needle bind off! 🙂

    I, too, love “The Tudors”. If you like to read, especially English history, try reading “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory. I’ve read her series on King Henry VIII and his wives. All books have been very good, (and informative).

  3. Your lace knitting experience sounds like mine. I have to be left alone, I get distracted to easily and for some reason everyone wants you when you are silently repeating numbers and pattern repeats in your head. What is up with that? they shawl is looking good!

  4. I commented on the wrong post. See you your last post for comments on this one and– your purse is amazing!!! So pretty and BLUE! Quel Suprise!!

    Did you hear they are making gone with the wind into a musical in London?!

  5. Your shawl is amazingly beautiful. I cannot crochet so I am jealous of your cute granny squares.

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