I’ve been under the all-too-gorgeous weather part of yesterday and all of today (a hormonal thing….), but that means plenty o’ knitting time!
I started the 4th skein of the Silky Merino thinking I would just finish that repeat….well I knitted another repeat (was 14? or 15?). This pattern is such fun and the yarn is so yummy it’s easy for me to forget all my resolve. So I could tell I was getting down to the end of the skein, and after looking at a bunch of finished triangles on Ravelry, changed my mind and decided I would do the edging after all.
Problem #1 – I’d given back the book to whom I had borrowed it from without copying the pattern. Of course I could go to the library….but this was Saturday night about 1 am so that wouldn’t suffice – I think the library folks would be a little upset if I broke in; if they were all knitters of they’d understand why. I had looked carefully at the chart, and there are lots of wonderful pictures on Ravelry, so I got out the graph paper and came up with the edging – if not the exact edging, durn close to it. Off I went knitting merrily.
Problem #2 – I got done with the smallest part of the edging I could get away with and have it look ok and realized I had 12 inches of yarn left! What to do for a bind off? AHA! Got out a crochet hook and linked all those loops together. It seemed a little firm but I figured it would loosen up in the blocking.
I wove in the ends and took some pre-blocking pictures:
This is all the yarn I had left!
Did the whole soak and spin dry thing (thank you Priscilla Gibson-Roberts) and got out my old cardboard cutting board and 240 t-pins I got at Wal-mart (that was all they had) to start blocking out on the patio.
Problem #3 – It’s too long for the board.
I decided to go ahead and block what I could – this board is great because it has lots of straight lines marked on it.
Problem #4 – The bind off is SO not stretching out.
I took out all the pins I had tortured this poor shawl with (probably 150 of them) and hung the shawl up on the line to dry. I cannot block it as it is, and I cannot leave it as it is. AAARGH!
See how the too tight bind off is making sort of a pouch? Not good. The color is pretty accurate in this picture by the way.
So, gentle readers, I leave it up to you. After it dries, should I:
1) frog back the edging and just bind it off at the last repeat? That means no edging.
2) frog back the edging and a pattern repeat, then knit the edging and bind off? That means a smaller but complete shawl.
3) wait two weeks til I can afford to buy another skein of the yarn (I’m on a yarn budget now), then finish off the edging and bind off? That means waiting, but I’ll have a larger and complete shawl.
Leave your vote in the comments and I’ll keep you updated on the outcome.
By the way, I am knitting one of the Dwarven Battle Bonnets for Franklin Habit as a result of the last vote (it was unanimous!). I’ll post some pictures soon…..