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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Endings & Beginnings

Catharina Faroese Shawl came off the needles last night, and all ends are woven in. She'll be blocked on Sunday, and Big Sis is planning on visiting in about 2 weeks, so I'll actually have the chance (I think) to give it to her and take photos of her on her new owner! I can't wait...

It was a little sad finishing her. The last 2 repeats of the lace edging had me thinking of starting her way back in May 2006 as a part of the Amazing Lace KAL. Maybe there was so much trouble with the pattern and the knitting of her simply because I was fabricating a story about her ultimate use to hide her real purpose (my sister's 60th birthday gift) and still be able to blog about her. I remembered the photo I took that suggested the shawl was for a personal "special occasion" which wasn't true at any point in time (ok...maybe it was wishful thinking on my part?).

Even white lies can cause problems and bad karma. Perhaps that's one reason I hit so many roadblocks along the way...?

But what I can say about this knit was she was a wonderful teacher. Catharina was my first Faroese-style shawl, my first laceweight yarn. I learned about different needles (begun on Addi Naturas, switched to Addi Lace, and assisted by Knitpicks Harmonys to knit the edging...). I made great strides in learning to read my knitting, and in learning to fix mistakes. What a terrific teaching tool she's been.

And she's going to live with my favorite sister. Okay, she's my only sister, but she's my favorite, too! That's too cool. My sister gives so much to me. It's just the neatest thing in the world to know I can give her something that's this special!

So...HAPPY DANCE! Catharina is (almost) done! The Meezer, of course, will officiate at the Block Party, as usual.

And because I was ready for something a bit different (larger needles, yarn, cables not lace)....

I began the

Helsinki Hat Scarf from Rowan 42.

Soft, soft, soft Lamb's Pride Bulky for the yarn (I got a good deal at WEBS) and Harmony 10.5 interchangeables for the needles...What a difference from tiny needles and laceweight yarn! And it's going really fast!
Wheee...I like new Beginnings...


Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

Congratulations on this accomplishment, both your growth as a knitter, and the FO.

Wouldn't it be disappointing to be a muggle (non-knitter), and have nothing to show for the passing seasons?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

It's great to have something finished and even greater to have something new on the needles!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Looking forward to seeing the final pictures!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Yay! You did it! Congratulations. :)

OTOH, I know how you feel about being sad to see if off the needles. I often feel that way when a big project is finished. Post-project blues and all that. But I look forward to seeing how your new project shapes up!

4:09 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Congrats on finishing such a challenging FO! I can't wait to see it after its blocked! :)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

That scarf *almost* makes me wish I lived in a climate where I could wear it...almost :)

Can't wait to see Catharina!

7:49 PM  

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