Thursday, 25 November 2010
with silver bells and cockleshells
This is about a third of the way through the lacy edge, 16/47 rows done now. When the edging is done there is a cast off involving not only casting off but also increasing to make pronounced points on the shawl.
The pattern is quite easy but definitely requires that I pay attention to it. My stitch count was right a few rows back but I had missed a yarnover in one place and had actually allowed one somewhere else. So count was right but stitch placement was totally out. It took me a while to find it and I had to unpick quite a long way.
As I said, the patterns are pretty but the photos look dated. Something about the hairstyles and also about the posing of the models make the book look older than it is. Imprint date is 2009. I found I needed to look past the actual photos to consider the pattern of the piece without prejudice.
A couple of days ago, I and several others from Sydney met a woman from a forum I frequent. She and her husband were out here from Aberdeen in northern Scotland to attend a family wedding. I gave her the Travelling Woman shawlette from a few entries down. She liked it very much. The wedding is today, a lovely day as the strong winds here in Sydney have dropped somewhat. There were to be five Scotsmen in kilts in the wedding party.