Thursday, 26 July 2012

Shawl Disaster

I thought I had done so well. Over four weeks I had knitted the Gail/Nightsongs Shawl and was in plenty of time to block it before Nic's wedding. I cast off with joy in my heart and spread it out on the bed to find this.
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Some of you may be thinking, "Hmmm, why has Lixie taken a photo of it upside down?" But no. That's the right way up. Blocking! I thought. BLOCKING. A good block can solve most things. Maybe. Then I looked closer.
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Strange how there were those bumps between the middle leaves down the centre line. In the pictures the centre had spread out nicely. I took another look.
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Strange how those edge leaves were spreading out nicely and not looking like a robust edging.
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Sad Me




I had actually knitted the shawl with the edge in the middle and the middle on the edge. I'd knitted the entire shawl - four weeks knitting - like that.

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No amount of blocking was going to solve this one.

I've frogged the bugger. I have thought about it a lot since I discovered my mistake on saturday and I am going to knit the same shawl again. Only, you know, the right way round. Having seen how beautiful the pattern looks in this yarn I can't imagine it as anything else.
Gail Shawl


6 comments:

Elly said...

Oh GAAAAWD! Your face says it all. Much love. :(

Katie said...

It's not the easiest of patterns to get set up...
I started mine off on a 28 hour coach journey and was cursing that I'd not done a repeat before I left home.

Gill said...

Devastating! It happens to the best of us - but I don't envy you knitting it all again....

m said...

Oh Lixie! I hope it works out, as I don't have the fibres to spin the yarn again.

The stitch pattern looks fantastic.

Ynot said...

Based on the shawl you've frogged, when you're finished you will have one a-MAY-zing piece!! Good luck!

Becky said...

Oh blimey - what a nightmare, my heart goes out to you. Good on you for being prepared to do it all again though - I don't think I am cut out for lace knitting I have neither the time nor the patience it would seem. All the best of luck x

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