My friends can all attest to the fact that, in general, I am constantly on the go, running from one job, to class, to student teaching, to my other job, back home to catch up on homework and grading, a quick sleep, and back out again. I think because of this perpetual frenetic train of DOING IMPORTANT THINGS, when I am faced with the reality of two weeks off with only vague looming deadlines I completely and totally TURN OFF.
Since Christmas I have basically done nothing but read (for pleasure) and knit (also for pleasure), peppered with some Netflix and back episodes of podcasts so I don’t have to knit in silence. I have been the definition of a lumpy, lazy, procrastinator. It feels wonderful.
With all this delightful turned-off time, I FINALLY finished my Light and Up shawl!! I plowed through the second bit of lace the past couple of days (those long rows of yarn-over-knit-two-together took FOREVER), and then was faced with the decision of how to finish off. I knew I wanted to add a little more lace, but after weighing my yarn, I wasn’t confident I could squeeze out another full 3 rows of eyelets. I made my tassels first, just to be sure I could stretch this yarn as far as possible without sacrificing the finishing touches.
Aren’t they cute?!?! I wanted them pretty dainty, so I cut my own piece of cardboard, wrapped pretty lightly, then tied them tight with the same yarn.
After the tassels were taken care of I decided to just add one more single eyelet row with a bit of stockinette for the edge, and then bind off. Binding off always seems to take me ages, but I made it! The thing is finished and it is glorious!! Look look look!!
I’ll wash and block it tomorrow, and attach the tassels, too (pics forthcoming). I haven’t quite figured out where/how I’m going to spread this thing out while it dries. Things are already pretty cramped in the basement (did I mention I live in a basement?), and I don’t think the boy’s parents would take to kindly to me sticking pins all over the guest bed. I’m considering some voodoo revenge on a futon in the basement; the temporary spatial inconvenience might be worth stabbing back at that nasty mattress!
But I’m done! Also, how Sarah-ndipitous that we both finished the same day? With the holidays being so hectic, we Sarahs haven’t chatted in a couple of weeks, so I had no idea where her progress was until I read the post just now. Bye for now, all! School’s not back in session for another week, so I’m turning off again.