The magic and the horror

Spindrift shawl is off the needles. 

This is my first lace-type project and this pattern is a great choice for my first lacy-shawl experience.  Kudos to Helen Stewart!

The scrunched up piece of woolly goodness takes a deep breath and expands into loveliness just like magic.

Blocking makes the magic happen when a finished piece is soaked in water, rolled into a towel to absorb as much water as possible, then stretched and pinned into place.

Ahhh, the magic of blocking.

Then the horror of blocking appears while stretching and pinning.

Oops, a dropped stitch.  Right in the middle of the back.  Probably happened when I had to rip back to a life line and missed picking up that stitch.

I was hoping that this is just a BIG stitch.  Looks like a slipped stitch to me.  What do you think?  Some fiddly work is needed to correct this.

And what’s this?  A missed stitch?  Now how do I fix this horror?!

Seriously.  How do I correct this?

Super tight knitting here.  What’s up with that?

I knew things wouldn’t be perfect as I was a few stitches off towards the end even though the pattern has the stitch count listed after each row.  I was good up until the last few lace rows.  I used life lines throughout and I still made some mistakes that I wasn’t aware of until now.

I used less than one 100 g ball of Zauberball sock yarn in the colorway Bunte Gasse (color number 2310).  The color description wasn’t real telling and from what I could see in the sample I thought it would be blues, green, and yellows.  The red was a big surprise.  Now I love red but I’m not a huge rainbow-colored accessories kind of person so I don’t LOVE this colorway for me.

All in all I am pretty happy with the result and will gladly say “I made this myself” should anyone ask.  Or I’ll rip out the entire thing and make another pair of socks.

What would you do?  Fix or frog (rip-it, rip-it)?




10 thoughts on “The magic and the horror

  1. I would try to fix it. Dropped stitch can be tacked down. I think the big hole is just extra yarn, and you can work the slack into the surrounding stitches so that they are all a little big, not one BIG one. The red issue – I can’t really tell what you did, but will it even be noticeable when you are wearing it? that is the key – does it make you feel good or icky, and will anyone else notice it? If not and you feel good in the prettiness of it, then keep it and wear it. Otherwise, pull it out and either knit it again or repurpose the yarn. Because if you don’t; feel good, you will never wear it and what good is that?

    Now, all that aside – for a first lacy shawl, it is AMAZING! Good job knitting, and good job blocking – that is more time consuming than people would believe, but so worth it.

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    • Thank you for your compliments. Even with the mistakes, it was a fun and educational knit. I do feel good about it. And it won’t be my last shawl!

      After really looking at the big, red hole, I found that I dropped another stitch. Everything is fixable and no one will see those mistakes.

      But the BIG question is: Will I wear it? I don’t know. I think the colors are throwing me off. I’ve knit other things that weren’t perfect but wear/use them anyway.

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      • Glad you solved the big hole problem. and as for the colors – only you can tell – but I think with the right outfit, you will look fabulous in it – bright colors or not. They just take getting used to. 🙂 But maybe you have a friend who likes to wear those colors?


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