lost and found

pattern: aestlight
yarn: shibui knits sock, sand, 4 hanks
needles: 4mm
date started: 06.29.09
date finished: 10.28.09

poor aestlight. what can I say about it? you know it’s a bad sign when it takes you four months to finish a shawl. for a while it seemed the fates were against her and wanted her gone. she lived through some indignities, including traveling the east coast while stuffed in a bag, surviving a puppy mauling, and just plainly being ignored.

I cast on for aestlight as a little knit along with rangsiwan, and amanda. the garter stitch triangle went by super fast and then I hit the lace section. this is where things start to drag. part way through it dobby decided that I should start the lace over, which totally killed my mojo. when I finally tinked and got everything back on my needles I dragged the shawl up to a weekend at kripalu. unfortunately for me, someone took one of the pattern pages as scrap paper! so I basically had to sit in the car and just mentally scream. no matter how much I tried to will it back, the pattern was gone. I asked for it again when I flew down to miami with the same person around labor day. umm they threw it away!


if I’m honest with myself all these setbacks were just excuses. I kept saying that I NEEDED the pattern page because my notes were on it. but I could have easily counted the stitches on the needles to figure out where I was in the lace section. I finally did that a few weeks ago, when the sad looking pile of knits got to me. it turned out I only had a few more rows to do until I got to the edging. the edging was another source of angst, mostly because I was so close to finishing yet so far away. I plowed through it though because I knew I would love this shawl once finished.

and oh how I love it! the garter stitch is so squishy and the merino so soft. I’m glad I chose a neutral colored yarn so I can wear it with more outfits. the only thing I found odd was the amount of yarn I used. I should have used only three hanks according to the pattern, but I definitely had to use a bit of the fourth one. also, my shawl came out bigger than the pattern states; I could have used two blocking boards if I had an extra. I guess my gauge must’ve gone crazy somewhere in the middle. it’s ok, I think this is the perfect size for me.
after four months, aestlight was definitely worth the wait (and tinge of hatred). how about you? do you have any projects that just don’t want to be finished?

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  • Kirsten November 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

    She’s beautiful despite the heartache she gave you.

  • Lisa November 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    It looks like it was completely worthwhile sticking to the project.
    For me, it’s sweaters. I get to a certain point and then just.stop. and I don’t know why!

  • Karen C November 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I need to redo the buttons (not the bands) for my Tangled Yoke. But the thought of cutting off the old buttons and sewing 13 new buttons on is just beyond my brain capacity (or will) right now. I LOVE wearing the sweater – can’t the button fairy just come do it for me? Pretty please?

  • mai November 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

    i was also surprised that you used 4 skeins. it’s beautiful, though, and i’m glad you love it. after all that work, you better! 🙂

  • Clumsy Knitter November 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

    The shawl(ette?) looks great, and it’s in such a versatile color. I’m sure you’re glad it’s done though!
    I CANNOT get myself to work on a Queen Anne’s Lace circular shawl. Cannot. Do. It. Blech.

  • stefanie November 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Pretty! I cast on last week and then dropped a stitch. Trying to get up the steam to pick it up…of course its neighbors are messed up too. Mine may also take 4 months!

  • lauren November 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I think I said it on flickr, but in case I didn’t – I love love love how squishy and cozy this shawl looks.

  • Oiyi November 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    What a great color you used! I made one along with my knitting group. It does help to have others spur you on.

  • Virginia November 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    It looks really beautiful. I hope it was worth the irritation for you.

  • margaux November 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    beautiful!! there are too many projects to count that i don’t want finished! ha!

  • Seanna Lea November 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I definitely have a few projects that need some finishing love. Almost all of them are in or near the finishing stage, which just kills my desire to work on them.

  • Stephanie November 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Gorgeous shawl. I love the color and the garter stitch combined with the lace. Butterfly is my knit that just doesn’t want to be finished. I’d hoped to work on it for vestvember, but so far haven’t even touched it. Maybe over Thanksgiving…

  • Gudrun November 24, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Sorry that the fates were against you on this one! It does indeed look lovely and is a great colour!
    I’m supposed to be knitting a sweater for a friend’s husband (somehow he persuaded me) and I can’t seem to find the enthusiasm to work on it….it may end up as a Xmas present next year!

  • Teyani December 4, 2009 at 1:35 am

    she’s a beauty.
    perhaps better from all the angst she went thru?

  • yaiAnn December 10, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Nice quilt art! I need to post mine still and i LUUUUUURVE it!