Wednesday, November 23, 2016
This Wednesday's WIP
I've realized that my brain is a few weeks behind reality. I kind of knew this but chalked it up to the time change, routine interruptions, and busy days. Well, now is the time that I must face reality and understand that there are only three and a half weeks until the Kiddo goes on winter break from school and there are only four and a half weeks until Christmas.
I hadn't even settled on what I was going to gift my Kiddo's teacher and EA!! Over the weekend I frantically searched Ravelry and my queue, as well as my stash for ideas. I knew my son's teacher adored the Follow Your Arrow shawl that I had knit and then gifted a few years ago to another teacher, and so I was trying to find a pattern that was lacey but not over the top. Something impressive but wearable. Something elegant but can be worn casually. I think Sylvia McFadden's Waiting For Rain shawl fit my criteria perfectly. I didn't have the right yarn quantities within my stash without breaking up a sweater quantity, so I decided to make a two-tone stripey version to kind of emulate Sylvia's other shawl pattern that I simply adore The Rain Outside while being able to knit with solo skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.
I scoured all the projects to get an approximate idea as to how fast this shawl could possibly be knit up. I also got a good idea as to what some people had issues with and from that decided to make a few mods. Nothing major, just changing the way I do the increases to avoid uneven holes along the top of the shawl and sort of making up the stripe sequence as I, but loosely based off of what a few other knitters did when it came to knitting the stripes closer to the lace panels.
I had cast on the shawl on Sunday and finished the first part (out of five) yesterday (Tuesday). I won't lie, I was hoping to finish the shawl by the end of the week but I have to remind myself to take breaks often and try to work on other time-sensitive projects. So I'm giving myself two weeks to knit this. That's do-able, right? Shhh! Lie to me, if you must! I have to get this done before the winter break starts! I can do this, I can do this!!
Just keep knitting...just keep knitting...
How's your holiday gift knitting going?