Thursday, March 22, 2007

St Patrick's Day Tale of Woe
[note: written five days ago, but I couldn't find batteries for the old camera...]

Gather round, kids, while I tell you a tale of hope and heartbreak! Last night, I decided to poke around under the living room side table, the repository of all knitting works-in-progress and unearthed this:

This is the Irish Diamond Shawl from Folk Shawls. I am using (the now sadly discontinued) Rowanspun 4-Ply in a devastatingly beauteous deep green, with ungodly perfect flecks of red and yellow. Its rugged beauty hearkens back to the Old Country, home of my forefathers (well, one branch of the old family tree anyway....). It also smells really good - very wooly, for want of a better word. It's not a soft yarn, but it's satisfyingly crunchy and basic. Here's a close-up of the yarn; doesn't it look like a mysterious beautiful mossy forest??? C'mon - doesn't it??

Anyway, I started this shawl last year and found after slogging through the Irish Diamond pattern for 100 rows that it was extremely boring. I thought about ditching the whole thing, but instead put it aside, hoping that I'd return to it with Fresh Enthusiasm at a later date. Which I did yesterday. How appropriate, I thought, to begin this again on St Patrick's Day! Great-grandfather Kieran McCulkin would be proud!

So I pick it up, and lo and behold the row counter is still correct, and I only have 12 more rows of the stupid boring Irish Diamond pattern before a new and exciting pattern happens. So I contentedly work a couple of rows and feel proud of myself for not letting it languish and completing an old project before mindlessly casting on for a new one, and then I realize that something Really Bad has happened in one of the repeat sections. And that, though I made it work on one row, I cannot continue fudging that one section. And sadly, being the way I am, I know there is no way that I am going to rip it back god knows how many rows and try to re-orient it. So now the Irish Diamond Shawl is this:


Blogger Unknown said...

A tale of woe indeed. Beautiful yarn. Can't wait to see what it becomes next!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Ooof. That's one brave trip to the frog pond, but all the better to set good yarn free than let it languish...

8:44 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Thank you for your support, ladies. I was startled when I took it off the needles to see how nice it looked, but I also have to admit that I got a certain unholy pleasure winding it back onto the ballwinder!!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

Divine One,
I gasped so loudly when I saw the balls of yarn that I think I scared Natalie & Jeremy - they ran their little kitty butts out of the room as fast as they could!
Glad you found pleasure in the re-winding.

8:15 PM  

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