Last Summer I joined a mystery Kal for a round shawl. I even started a bit late but was able to catch up and be on the fourth clue when everyone else was.
The fourth clue ruined everything.
I should explain that each clue had four “clues” within it so you were kinda designing the shawl yourself as you went along. Not every-ones shawl would be the same depending on whether you picked chart A,B,C or D within each clue. Well within Clue 4 I think B and D were 98 rows and A and C were only 50 rows. Well of course I liked D and I was worried if I did one of the shorter ones my shawl wouldn’t be big enough.
So that was 98 rows times 576 stitches per row. I got tired of the shawl pretty quick and right around the same time last Fall my grandma was visiting so i couldn’t work on. I need 100% focus! I picked right back up after she left but those rows were taking me painfully long and i kinda gave up on it. I had lost my will and I wasn’t having fun anymore. Christmas was coming and then all my eye troubles came and come the new year I still wanted nothing to do with the shawl.
Then spring came and I went back to it. A row here and a row there, still not much progress. Summer came and I made finishing the shawl my one goal for the summer. There were a few hiccups, like running out of yarn!! But…
I DID IT! She is done and I couldn’t be happier.
Pattern: Mandala by Renee Leverington
Dates: June 24, 2008-Aug. 23, 2009
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in Spring Green. Just a teeny bit over 3 balls!!
Needles: Size 4 circulars-the pattern called for size 5
Notes: Wonderful Pattern. I love that you are part of the design process by picking which chart you will do within each clue.
I did: Clue 1-Chart A, Clue 2-Chart A, Clue 3-Chart A and Clue 4 Chart D. There is only one edging to chose from for the fifth clue.
I did run out of yarn when I was doing the edging, so close to the end. Very frustrating but I kinda saw it coming when I saw my yarn dwindling down to nothing. The yarn came quickly and you can’t even tell it’s not the same dye lot.
I am so happy that it is done. I am still not sure what I will do with it. I was thinking about putting it on my table.
Or letting hubby wear it 🙂
Or letting it keep me cozy.