Reading about Mason Dixon Kay's gorgeous new FO , I was reminded of how much I love the booklet where it appears. I love it so much that I need to finish my one shawl-in-progress from it.
Dawn is a fairly straight-forward knit, done on the diagonal in stockinette. I managed to drop a stitch now and then, leading to perilous fishing and rescuing of dropped lace-weight loops with a crochet hook more than once. Then I ran out of dark grey, with about three rows left to complete that section. Operations had to grind to a halt.
I had bought the yarn from the Isager booth at Stitches West.Naturally. Isager USA listed no stores in my parts of the state that might carry the yarn.Naturally.
Ravelry to the rescue: a search for the yarn informed me that it could be bought locally at A Verb For Keeping Warm, which, unbeknownst to me, is not just a web-store and doesn't carry only its own yarns. I was skeptical, but emailed the owner anyway. Wonder of wonders, they had that exact yarn in the same dye-lot! The store is only opened on weekends and it is somewhat hidden in a block of artists' lofts, but I happen to know the area pretty well, so I made my way there and came home with the precious dark grey wool. (I came this close to bring back some of A Verb's own lace yarn in a luscious deep red -- not sure how I repressed the urge, but I'll just have to come back when my stash-diet next allows for a splurge).
So I finished the body of the shawl. As it is knit in the diagonal, it wants to roll every which way, which interferes with my hope for a semi-attractive photograph. I remain optimistic about its post-blocking state, however. But first, the finishing touch: an i-cord edging. The kind of task I am always loath to start, I don't really know why. It is only fiddly for the first couple of minutes, really. Then I am on my way, strolling along, first hoping to get half of a long side done, then the whole side, then thrilled to reach my first corner at last.
Let's face it, the edging is the icing on the shawl.
That bare edge of stockinette? Why, it's just wrong.