So lately I’ve been knitting really quickly. Between my Bandwagon Sweater, which was knit in a whirlwind of finals and fever, and a non-bloggable hat that took about 4 hours to knit, it seemed I was churning out FOs before I could introduce them to you. So let’s have a visit with a UFO, shall we?
There it is, the slog of a lifetime, my Arctic Diamonds Stole, which many of you may recognize as my wedding shawl. I don’t think you’ve seen it since the swatch I knitted back in July, but here it is. After finishing my semester, Jason’s sweater, and my other things, I’ve settled down to this. The color is tough to capture, but this is pretty darn close. It’s still the most brilliant, vivid blue, and I’m kind of in love with the way the pattern is turning out. It’s lovely and worth the work, but it’s just so….slow. The main pattern repeat has over 50 rows (holy crap!), and that is repeated 5 times. I’m about one third through the third repeat, but I’m thinking I’ll add an extra, making it 6 repeats total. I know that’s a lot of extra knitting, but I want the shawl to be longer than it seems it will be as is. As pictured, it’s just at the end of the 2nd repeat to give you an idea of length. I guess I should have included a dime or a Patches for scale. When you combine the tiny needles, the long pattern repeat, and the fact that I’m adding lots of beads, that all adds up for one long, long knit.
So there you have it. I’m going to dutifully knit on this until it’s done, which will take a while. Cripes. Then I’ve got to knit a shawl for my second bridesmaid, and then I’m done wedding knitting. After that, I want to knit some mittens for myself out of my handspun. Fun!
On a random aside, I spent some time today teaching an eleven year old girl to knit. She took to it super quickly, and I was really impressed. I was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for some kid friendly knitting books that she might like? She’s a tween (I think. What does that mean, exactly?), and I’d love to find some books she and I can take out of the library. I’d love any recommendations you all might have, my knitting gurus!