Friday, October 06, 2006


To whoever thought of lifelines in knitting - Thank You. You have saved the small piece that's left of my lace-knitting sanity. Without too much exaggeration I think the amount of this shawl that I have unknit would roughly compare to the amount that I have knit. But I love it.

I need some advice though. The pattern is for a 'shoulder shawl', but I've decided that often these shawls are made for 'narrow' people. I like to be able to wrap up a bit more in a shawl (therefore everyone must prefer that, right?) So I've decided that since I had to start a second skein anyway, I'm just going to keep going...(and here's where you come in)...But when will it end? Sweet Lord when will the lace-pain end! How will I know? Should I just keep going until I'm going to run out? The rows are getting soooooooo loooooooooong now, what will they be like after a couple more repeats? How will I account for blocking growth? Arrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Please advise.

I don't have much to offer, but I'll dedicate this first-born lace shawl to you. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have rescued me from the clutches of a potential existential crisis...


SadieandLance said...

As you would know I have no advice to give in this department...but if I ever knit a lace shawl I'll be heading ur way with my questions.

Stephanie said...

mmm - gorgeous - that lace looks wonderful.

As for your conundrum, you can do some math. It depends on the construction of the shawl tho and if you have the ability to estimate the amount of yarn used in a repeat or not....I had to figure out if I had enough yarn to do another repeat on a recent shawl of mine and that's how I did it.

Brenda said...

Your shawl is going to be gorgeous, I love the colour!
What I did to see if I was going to have enough yarn towards the end was to weigh my remaining yarn (I have a great digital kitchen scale) after each repeat, then you will have an idea of how long each repeat will take. I got this idea from a blogger/friend of mine.

Meg said...

Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog.
For your shawl quandry, there's a handy calculator here where you can insert the total number of rows you intend to make, the number of rows you have done, and it spits out the percentage you've already completed. This might help you work out when to end!