I’ve been working on my River Run Shawl, but progress has slowed considerably. One reason is that my elbow has been bothering me for some reason so I’m not doing much knitting (or gardening or bicycling or . . . .). The other reason is that I’ve finished the body of the shawl and moved on to the edging, where progress seems glacial.
This is a knitted-on edging that uses up the live stitches of the shawl. It takes two rows to bind off one live stitch and each row has about thirty stitches. Throw in the beads (the edging will use about 850 beads) and you can understand why it’s slow. (Thank goodness I only have 424 stitches in total to get rid of, but that’s still over 800 rows.)
As is the case with most lace before it’s blocked, my shawl isn’t very photogenic. It’s also tricky to get any accurate shots of the color. The sheen of both the yarn and the beads seems to disappear. Here are some not great shots to give you an idea. The shawl looks distressingly tiny in these photos, but I’m hoping it will block out to the appropriate size.
Here’s how much (or little) of the border I’ve managed to finish:
The requisite artsy shot to try to show the yarn and beads in detail:
I know. Not very exciting. Well, then, how about this? Inspired by my sister, I knit my very first dishrag.
My husband was horrified when I picked it up and started cleaning with it. He couldn’t believe I’d do that to a piece of hand knitting.