—–> March 2014 <——-
I realized the other night that all of my current knitting projects are insane.
I have the Event Horizon Pi Shawl, which was supposed to be finished last Friday on Pi day (3/14), however I was only up to the second ball of yarn on Friday, and it only measured 1 1/2 feet at that point, to the target of 6 feet.
Over the weekend I worked on it exclusively and added the third ball of yarn, making a total of 800 yards of knitting completed. As of last night I added ball number four, completing 1,200 yards of knitting, which is officially at the half way mark.
When you think about this, that means I have been working on this since January, I have 576 stitches on the needles for this shawl and there are still 1,200 yards of yarn left to go.
- 1,200 yards is 1.097 kilometers
- 1,200 yards is 3 laps around a standard track
- the 1000 yard shot used to be the exclusive mark of a military sniper or top competitive shooter, now it is 1600 yards
I’m still working on the second ball of yarn for the VIajiante shawl, that one is going to take even longer than the pi shawl to make.
—–> Zoom to today <——-
Pi Day has come and gone, and I have done a lot of work on the shawl. Last week I finished it!
I didn't use all of the black yarn for the border, which is nice because now I have almost a full ball to use for some other project. In total, I knitted a whopping 2200 yards!
It still needs to be blocked, which I have to figure out how to do. My knitting group thinks that I should block it out on my bed, and sleep on the couch for a couple days while it dries.
It doesn’t look very lacey right now but the blocking really stretches out the lace and makes it look more airy and light.
I’m not exactly thrilled with the color transitions, but my knitting group said it was gobstopping gorgeous so I am going to go with their feelings on it and perhaps it will grow on me in time.
Until it’s blocked it is living on the back of my settee and perhaps someday I will find a nice little black dress to wear it with.
It feels really good to have this project done, it’s the largest piece of knitting that I have ever made and the most intricate.
I have been combing through the book Stories in Stitches 2 to see if there were other lace project that I might attempt, thinking perhaps a doily might be fun. I need to get some cotton perl yarn! Perhaps yarn in a color?