Ahh. She's done. I told Ava last week that I really must enjoy punishing myself. If there's a pattern out there that requires the bind-off of 500 stitches, I'll find it. If there's a pattern out there that will have you garter the width of a football field, I'll tackle it. If there's a pattern out there that requires you to finish a sweater on size 2 needles. . . I have my limits.
I decided to skip the normal Shawl-Down-the-Back pose since I'll never wear it in that manner. I'd be lying to you. Sort like the Hand-to-the-Chin pose. Who sits like that & why did every photographer use that position back in the day? I guess an even better question would be why they floated your head into a Brandy snifter? Back to Cleite.
I bought the Malabrigo Baby Lace in Bobby Blue during one of Ava's visit. I really enjoy this color & it's probably a big reason I never gave up. Surprisingly because I'm not a huge blue fan. That was always Other Sister's color, but this blue reminds me of spring. I saved this yarn so I could find a pattern that would use every last inch because I hated the thought of it being in the trash. I came pretty close. I'd guess that I have maybe three yards of leftovers. Leftover sock yarn, you can use for booties. Aran can be used on anything! I still haven't found a good use of leftover lace weight. The pattern starts in the center of the neck and begins to grow. In the end, I think I did one extra repeat & stopped shy of the final two rows.
Besides the yarn, there's is another fantastic part to this project: Addi Lace Needles. When they first came out, all I read about was their sharp points. This is a disservice to the needles. If you're looking for sharp, I still think that Knitpick options are sharper. If you're looking for a smooth needle, find yourself some Addi Lace. Other needles were too shiny for the yarn. Almost like knitting on ice. It made the knitting slow & frustrating. Once I started with these needles, I let out a huge sigh & started cracking.
Towards the end, I thought that this would make a beautiful gift. Shawls seem to be things that you never buy for yourself, but can be useful to have around the house. Sort of like finding money in your winter coat's pocket. You didn't really need it, but it's nice to have. More importantly, I think everyone deserves to be wrapped in Malabrigo . Right now, I think that I deserve to be wrapped in goodness. But the next time I use this yarn, I promise to give it away. It's only fair.
p.s. The Banana Chocolate Chip & Ginger Bread was delicious. Go on. Try it.
p.p.s Thanks SK for the pictures.