yarn: shibui knits sock, sand, 4 hanks
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?