The Stonington shawl returned to its earlier incarnation last night. It was doomed from the start. I kept having doubts about the evenness of my garter stitch lace, the amount of yarn I actually owned versus the yardage recommended in the pattern, and so on. I should have listened to my inner voice earlier. But no, it all came to a screeching halt when I tried to make sense of the following instructions on picking up stitches on a diagonal edge:
"Pick up and knit along edge D-C at the rate of 3 sts for every 2 bumps (*pick up and k 1 st in first bump; k1, M1 in 2nd bump; rep from *)"
For the life of me, I couldn't figure out a neat way to M1 on a pick-up row. On the first side panel, I ended up stabbing my needle in every nook that would allow it until I had the necessary number of stitches. On the second panel, I couldn't struggle quite as hard and figured out a kind of M1, but I discovered 2 rows later that it was creating unsightly holes, emphatically not the lacey kind, on the pick-up line.
However did I manage on my first Stonington shawl? I have no recollection, but then again, that one was knitted in shetland fingering weight wool and I was probably better able to spot odd spaces between stitches to create new ones. Picking up stitches isn't my favorite knitting task in the world, but it usually doesn't send me into a hostile confrontation with the piece of knitting in my hand. I also tend to enjoy Elizabeth Zimmermann's shorthand style of giving instructions. But there was no way this was going to turn into an attractive shawl. Blocking in this case would surely expose a multitude of sins. So I cut my losses and all I have to show for it is one giant skein of scarlet red merino lace yarn.
And now for something completely different -- an FO both striped and red, not my own, but the Feral Knitter 's brilliant Parcheesi afghan. Janine is a master of color and a most generous designer, and her gorgeous twist on log cabin blankets is irresistible to me. If you love it too, show your support for Heifer International and then download the pattern from the Feral Knitter's site.