Sunday, March 11, 2012

Old, New and Finished!

I was very surprised after yesterday's post to discover I had only 10 rows to do, and though that doesn't really seem like it was close to finished, I knitted a few more rows.  THEN I was seeing the end... The last 8 rows are border lace, with 2 rows of beads (which slows down the knitting), and with each completed row I felt like I shouldn't stop.  And I didn't, until...
There I was, blocking!!  Yippee!  And points, just like I promised myself.  Remember I started this in September, and finished in less than 2 month.  But, my cast-on wouldn't let me pull those points out.  After languishing almost 2 months, unblocked, I knitted gifts and this and that.  Finally, December 30, I started to knit a new one from the old one, and made sure I had a super stretchy cast-on, only to rip that one out and cast-on a bit firmer, but still stretchy.  I've been holding my breath since the beginning of the year, waiting for this day!
It's Spring, and I love it.  Thank you, Susanna IC!
 Polaris by Susanna IC from ArtQualia Designs
Yarn:  Hand Paint Lace by Misti Alpaca, Lace / 2 ply
100% Alpaca, 875 yards / 100 grams
I used 60 grams, and 11 grams of beads. 

Two problems solved:

  1. The bind off edge instructions: "*p2tog, return st to left needle; rep from * to end of row; a strong non-stretchy bind off is essential in order for the crescent shape to form during blocking."  It was SO rigid, and restricting that I was sure I'd have a circle when I blocked, so I frogged it, and bound off with a simple k2, pass first stitch over.
  2. Again, a repeat of Oslo Walk Shawl, I found a hole.  It was made by a yarn over, which increased the whole thing by one stitch, which I fixed when I got to the lace top border.  This yarn over was close to the top tip of a big diamond... about five rows into the short row section.  This time, I didn't have to rip it all out, but was able to crochet it down to the diamond and fasten it with a little extra yarn.  Hardly noticeable, until you LOOK!  LOL  This sort of thing makes it "handmade". Right?
Other posts: 
Better, this time! Tuesday, Jan 10 2012
Resolutions... As if! Monday, Jan 02 2012
Tale of Two Shawls: Part 2 Saturday, Nov 05 2011
Tale of Two Shawls: Part 1 Friday, Nov 04 2011
Good needles, Bad needles Sunday, Oct 02 2011
?? Wednesday, Sep 14 2011


  1. Beautiful! I Love mine, have worn it a lot this winter. Hope your points stay blocked. My Polaris is made from Alpaca Sox, and while the lace stayed open the points have rounded out.

    We're having spring here, too. I'm sitting here finishing my coffee (late brunch) and I have the door open to the deck. I hear robins and the lapping of the waves-and only yesterday it was in the 20s most of the day!

  2. It is beautiful - especially as worn over something white.


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