Friday, October 8, 2010
I'm adding the lace border to the Stonington Shawl and it's lovely, but tedious. It's also endless. The fact that I have really cruddy math skills isn't helping either. The border is worked back and forth over 18 stitches and 18 rows, which connect to the shawl by those open stitches I'd placed on hold for each side. By the way, never use scrap yarn of the same weight and color as your working yarn... those stitches were a serious pain to see and pick up. Anyway, back to my bad math: Each side of the shawl currently has 145 open stitches, so I'd been consoling myself that even though the lace pattern repeat was a bit irksome, I could force myself through roughly 8 repeats per side.
It wasn't long (well actually... it was stupefyingly long, but let's pretend) before I realized I'd completed like 6 repeats and was not even to the middle of one side. Hah! Idiot! 18 rows back and forth means that I only pick up an open stitch from the scarf once every OTHER row! That translates to a little over 16 pattern repeats per side. Crap!
I will say this though. If I finish this thing and she leaves it out somewhere for the kittens to shred.... well, I don't think any jury of my knitting peers will hold me responsible for my actions.