Charlotte's Web finished, in her glory
Finally after she was cast off on July 8, after her crochet edging was completed, after the a good bath and the blocking wires worked their magic I have a finished Charlotte's Web. (click on all pictures to embiggen them)
She has been finished since July 11, blocked since the 20th. My photographer had been unable to schedule a photo shoot do to scheduling difficulties (Corra was at her father's) until this past Sunday. And now its Tuesday night and I'm just now getting around to posting about this.
Let me tell you a little about this knit...
Pattern: Koigu Charlotte's Web shawl
Yarn: 5 different color ways, I have quite a bit left
over from the first 3 colors. Barely any of the last 2.
Needle's: size 8 inox
Time: Started: Memorial day weekend June 10 and finished July 11. We had a bit of a false start before I got the hang of the pattern, and learned how to read in between the patterns lines. I also learned, I have to keep knitting a pattern and not put it down or it will never ever be finished.
My thought's: Anyone who has knit this pattern can tell you, the directions suck. There really is no nice way to sugar coat it, make it sound better than what it really is. The designer who wrote this pattern should be left on a deserted island with size 35 needles with fun fur and sticky ultra crappy acrylic yarn. Really, a partial chart? How about telling me what to do after row 53, huh what about that?! After contemplating the demise of Charlotte, I realized how she is a spider spinning me into her lovely web and I searched the internets for. hours. looking for anything that might help just a little bit. And in Becky's archives I found these gems
Between the Stitches Helpful Hints for Charlotte's Web and The amazing Charlotte's Web Spreadsheet which I believe is the only spreadsheet I will ever enjoy. Once I realized it's only really the 8 stitch, 8 row pattern repeat, repeated twice its a full lace pattern, I could have smacked my forehead and screamed "DuH!", I used 40 stitch markers and a few extra sticky stick it notes to help me on my way.
Bev you should be proud of me, this time I didn't cop out this time!
I learned crochet! I was so easy this time! Take a lookie! I think it had something to do with my great teacher, thanks Mom!
Granted its only single crochet, but hey! I did it! By myself! I decided to forgot the fringy-ness, didn't work for me on this shawl. Overall, I love this shawl, yes it was a pain in arse in the beginning. But once I understood the pattern it was smooth sailing. Very easy lace pattern, I could knit while watching tv, supervising the kids, talking on the phone. The directions just suck and might discourage a beginning lace knitter.
I leave you with one more picture, I love the shadows in this one.
I would also like to thank you for your support, my Dad does read my blog occasionally. So hopefully he read the comments. Once I sat down, made a few lists, searched the internets, did Erin's relaxation technique and went to bed not thinking of everything I woke up with out the headache. I made it through today with out it coming back too! I found quite a few new games, and dropped some things off at Staples to be laminated (my kids walked out of staples with a great bag filled with free stuff! Yay Staples! Thanks!) The kids can't wait to leave, they know they have so much new stuff to play with once we are in the car but can't see till we get in the car! Thank you everyone. Knitters rock.