The WIP of Doom

Last week I finally finished a massive wip of mine. This shawl took me just over two years to finish. It was a nightmare. The pattern wasn’t written very clearly, at least to my understanding, none of my stitch counts matched, I felt like I was flying blind. But I knit into the darkness and came out – only slightly scathed but somewhat traumatised – on the other side.

I love the yarn. It’s Zitron Filigran lace in the colourway Indian Summer.

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I had received one skein as a birthday present and, a year later, when I decided I’d knitĀ Ipomoea, I searched desperately for another skein. I found it, and cast on immediately, knitting alternately from each skein to blend the slight variation in dye lots. I knit and knit and knit…

…I knit through one summer, and then through the next. I knit intermittenly through good times and not so good times, and through the pregnancy and birth of my third child. And then I decided it was time. It was time to finish the fucker once and for all.

Pardon my language. Ahem.

Fourth of July weekend I was in my mother-in-law’s house with the kids, and I had just about had enough of this shawl. Since the final chart no longer made an ounce of sense, and I was sick of making up the lace repeat from looking closely at the picture every row, I made the decision to cast off.



It was glorious.

A few days later, I had a brief opportunity to block it. It took up most of the kids’ bedroom floor.



But I’m proud of the result. I’m sad it didn’t work out, but this wip of doom had had a good run and it was time to move on.


Onto the next adventure!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chrissyyallisongmailcom
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 16:22:09

    Very pretty shawl!



  2. allenebonin
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 17:39:59

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  3. Handmade by C. Anne
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 11:54:43

    It’s gorgeous!!



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