there was once a little nubbin of knitting…

And that little nubbin looked like this when it appeared on my old green blog last month.

So, what ever happened to that nubbin?

That innocent looking nubbin was actually  a relentless instrument of torture for me for  most of the month of April.  I knitted along, and got as far as the 53rd row …a few times.
In fact, I know that I started it over from it’s very complicated provisional cast-on beginning… at least eleven times.  I think I almost cried over it while trying to correct my mistakes in the car (with Jon driving) on Good Friday.  I got so tangled up in a series of mistakes while I was knitting in Ohio two weeks ago,  I had to start all over again, AGAIN.

A small voice whispered to me that perhaps I was in over my head, but I hunkered down over that orange yarn snarling  “I Am Not!”

And then I remembered that knitting is supposed to be pleasant and restful and soothing and creative.  Knitting should not feel  like going to war.

So I started over with an easier pattern and some fresh yarn, and here is what I have achieved in six days:

This is the Modest Lace Shawl , which you can check out for yourself if you click that link, and which I have made before.  But this time I’m using much finer wool on size 3.25 needles (I think that pattern recommends something like size 4), so it’s going to take twice as much time to get it done.  But it does look nice in this finer gauge.  I think I am about 30% done here, and it’s pretty gratifying to see it getting bigger and better every day.  As I write this, I am about to get the tea ready for knitting night, my knitting neighbors are on their way over!

Meanwhile,  here is the latest on the orange Angel Lace Shawl:

I will return to it once I finish the Modest Lace one, and hopefully I will have learned something along the way about keeping a better count of my stitches and not getting jumbled up.  If anyone ever reads this and has any good suggestions for how to place markers in this piece of work, I am all ears.

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