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Archive for October 28th, 2013

I spent the weekend knitting and ripping out swatches for the Shetland Lace Baby Shawl I am planning. I learned some good lessons.

Shetland Lace is not something I can knit quickly, which is okay because I am not a fast knitter. I am more of a process knitter than a project knitter.

Being a process knitter is a good thing when taking on a large project like a 54 inch Shetland Shawl because there is a whole lot of process knitting to be done.

Never announce that I need not to be disturbed for the next hour. It tempts fate. And in my case, fate always wins.

Before I try to knit a row densely filled with symbols for yarn overs, left and right slanting decreases, more yarn overs, a central decrease, double yarn overs, and a star symbol that I don’t know what it means, re-read the section on Chart Symbols, before—and that’s the most important word here, before I start the 60 stitch row.

When I lose my place in the middle of a 60 stitch row know that it means I really have lost my place and must go back to the beginning of the row every time. Do not wonder what I am going to do when the rows are 300 to 400 stitches long. Assure myself that by then I will know what I am doing.

Marvel at the fact that I am screwing up a pattern that is clearly charted and staring me in the face, while the Shetland women who made these wonderful shawls most often worked the patterns from memory. Entire shawls and stoles, worked from memory. I could just weep.

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