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It’s become personal between me and my current knitting project, The Rock Island Shawl.

rock island shawl brooklyn tweed

Yes, this is the project. I’ve completed the 568 rows of knitted lace that comprise the edging. No small feat since lace is worked on both RS and WS rows. I judiciously used a life-line moving it every 8 rows and still had a number of rip-backs occur that made it feel like the edging would never get done.

I’ve picked up and knit all the edging stitches. I’ve knit somewhere around ten rows of garter stitch, obsessively counting each of the almost 300 stitches at the end of every row to make sure I had the correct number going into the next major lace portion of the shawl. I am still not completely sure that I kept the center stitch the same in each of the 10 rows. I think I messed up in one row, but I don’t know which one and I will cry if I have to rip back to the picked up edging. As of yet, I haven’t shed tears, but there were moments when I was oh so very, very close. I am hoping that if I wiggled on the center stitch in one row, blocking will take care of it.

The next portion of lace worked on both RS and WS rows totals 24 rows over some 300 stitches. Stitch count does not stay the same row to row. However, the center stitch, which is really three stitches decreased to one, does stay in the same spot…theoretically. Before I began the 24 row portion of lace I ran a nice long life-line through all the stitches.

Last night I spent 3 hours working on the shawl and I am still at the beginning of the 24 row lace work. I consistently failed to get correct stitch count at the end of the first row. I tried reading the 300 stitches to see where the mistakes were and couldn’t find them. Then I ripped back. I did this repetitively. I did this for 3 hours.

When I laid aside the shawl, I realized it had become personal. No way am I going to let these 24 rows beat me. Tonight we do battle again. My goal is to at least successfully complete the first row of the 24. If I am really on a roll I may even complete the second row correctly. I just know at some point I am going to end up in tears.

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