Pattern: Fragile Heart by Boo Knits
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Fino in Plum Wine
Needles: US 6, 7, 8
Still, it just didn't seem right. I couldn't make up my mind about anything, so I just started knitting to see how I felt. Then I got to the lace part and couldn't decide whether to bead it. When I decided to get beads, I couldn't decide what beads to get. When I got to the pattern repeat, I couldn't decide whether to repeat. Then when I got into the border and realized I should have done the repeat, I couldn't decide whether to rip back or try to repeat the border twice. When I got to the end of the repeat, my decisions were all made for me: the stitch count wasn't right for a second border repeat and I didn't want to use that many more beads on the damned thing anyway.
Then, I washed it and hung it up to block it--another dilemma: pin flat or hang it like I do all my shawls? Again, a decision made by circumstances: my blocking stuff was locked in a room with John, who was studying and wouldn't like to be disturbed. :) And then I went to check on it (it dried really fast!) and instantly fell in love!
Really, what's not to love? I'm sorry I wasn't so fond of you in the beginning, shawl. You are a very nice shawl.
My Thursday night knitting group (who had seen the waffling and hemming and hawing for the past few weeks) marveled at it and scolded me for second-guessing. I deserved it. :) I think my biggest question about it was whether I'd wear such a shallow shawl, but I have all day and it's perfect for summer, when my Bridgewater or fingering weight shawls are just too heavy.
The pattern is a little confusing, but after I sat down and read through the whole thing a couple of times, I understood it. I should have done the pattern repeat at least once more to use up my yarn, but I really do like its size now. In fact, since I think I have enough for another, I'm probably going to make it again, this time without beads. I may give it away. My friend Jane called dibs. :)
Lesson learned: just because you aren't sure doesn't mean you should stop. I'm sure you've had patterns like that too?
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