You may have noticed that there’s been a lack of posting for the past few weeks. Where have I been?
I took a week-long trip to NC to visit family and pick up the latest member of my household, Boo-Boo.
The week-and-a-half before leaving, I was frantically knitting a beaded shawl (the Aeolian shawl by Elizabeth Freeman at knitty.com) for my niece. Her favorite color is red, and I promised her a beaded shawl as a present – and I told her that the number of beads on the shawl represent how much I love her! I was literally knitting all day, every day. Beads are added with a crochet hook. Time was lost when I spilled the 8.0 seed beads in the carpet. Weeks later, I’m still finding them!
More time was lost when I messed up a row and needed to tink. Since the shawl starts at the top and grows towards the bottom, do you think I erred in the beginning? Of course not. I had to wait until the rows were long and more complicated. Good thing I thrive on deadlines.
As you can see, I finished it. Blocked it two nights before I left, and was thankful it dried very quickly. There is now a young woman in NC who is very happy!
On the trip itself, I started and finished the project I’m presenting as my first KAL. More on that in an upcoming post, but let me just say it’s a quick little knit that serves as a good introduction to chart-reading and – if you so desire – beaded knitting.
They say the best way to learn is by doing!!