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December 14, 2005

After I bound off, I bound off some more

Thank you guys for all your compliments on the votive sleeves! I got a fair number of interesting questions, and I'll address them in a quickie post some time this week.

But for now...

(the t-shirt is clearly very tongue in cheek)

Huh.

Hmmm...

Looks like the needles are out and the yarn is cut.

Could it be that I'm done knitting mom's shawl?

It's done! I'm by no means breaking any records here, but that was pretty quick!

How quick was it? Well, there was the Saturday, the Sunday, the Tuesday... and yes, the Monday, but I was illish that day. Minus 3.14, plus working 6 hours on Saturday, the Pascal units cancel out, but then there was the votive sleeve knitting, divide by 9.8 m/s2, add prepping for and teaching my last class (I hope ever), I better throw Avogadro's number in there somewhere, raise to the power of the sixteen thousand hours it took me to bind off 300-odd stitches using that funky-ass bind-off that I swear sucked the life out of me and my hands, and we get...

FOUR DAYS

Woohoo!

You know what it is? Sometimes everything comes together, and it's just magic. The pattern is very well-written, the yarn is divine (it feels wonderful and has spectacular drape), I liked the needles and the way the yarn knit up on size US 7, and although the chart was always by my side, eventually I could watch TV or talk while knitting (apparently this is a must for me, otherwise I feel too idle). Ahhh!

All you Leaf Lace knitters out there - what is UP with the bind-off in this pattern? I really hope that it has some decorative or functional purpose because, damn, it was the most tedious thing ever.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've gotsa get my block on (link courtesy of Savannahchik Jody).

Posted by Kathy on December 14, 2005 12:27 AM

Comments

I'm totally amazed! Can't wait to see it all blocked up. What will you do with the leftover yarn?

Congratulations on the beautiful and quick knitting. Crazy coincidence - i just finished a leaf lace shawl for my mom too! Took me much longer, as it was my commute project. As far as the bind-off goes, it's very stretchy, which makes blocking out the leaf edges into points possible and relatively painless. The Kiri shawl uses the same bind-off, and also has the pointy/scalloped/bat-wing edge. Your mom's gonna love it!

Beautiful! I can't wait to see it blocked. Is it that awful k2-k2tbl bindoff? If so, it's a damn pain, yes, but it's stretchy and makes a pretty double chain edge.

That color is amazing. Cheers!

You ARE fast! What are you talking about? I can't wait to see it all finished!

FOUR DAYS!
Amazing.
Mom is going to LOVE it. And of course grandma will want one too. :)

Gorgeous, and it isn't even blocked yet!

Ooooh exciting! I can't wait to see it blocked out! I always think that blocking lace is like waking up with a brand new FO the next day -- the transformation is so fun!

How did you do that in FOUR days? I absolutely love that yarn's color.

Very cool! Blocking is the really fun part of shawls, I think - just so fun to see it come to life.

that IS fast! the yarn is really gorgeous. your mum is going to love it. does she read your blog?

Holy crap that was quick! It looks gorgeous!

Very pretty and yes! VERY FAST! I'm sure your mom is going to love it -- especially with the beautiful custom-dyed yarn.
If you're teaching your last class ever, does that mean you're finishing grad school?

wow! I am so impressed! you're inspiring me to start a shawl for my own dear mom. can't wait to see it all blocked out :-)

You inspired me to buy the pattern the other day!

Looking forward to seeing the blocked shawl. It's beautiful already!

Oooh, the shawl looks so pretty! I can't wait to see it blocked, either....

I'm afraid that you messed up your calculations. You forgot to use Plank's constant.

congratuations on your first lace shawl. I can't wait to see it blocked!

Grumperina! I am so psyched about your blogola! I am working on a cable knit scarf (pictures on my blog), and after many hours of using my cable needle, I was excited by your tutorial on cabling without a needle - yours is by far the least fussy way to do it. I also love the wire candle sleeves. Whooeeee!

I've heard the legends, but now I know for sure: you are truly one knitting all-star! I love the shawl, keep up the great projects.

It's gorgeous and you are a lightening fast knitter! Nicely done.

ok - so you are like the most amazing knitter ever! Not only do you get things done fast, but your projects are interesting as well.

I think your votives look prettier than the ones in the book. I may try them myself now...lord knows I already have enough beads to make 100 of them.

Do your fingers ever start smoking or catch fire while you're knitting so quickly? Just askin'. I can't wait to see how that beauty blocks out. Your mom is going to love love love it!

Dang girl.... that is super fast!!!! I'm so envious. How do you make an entire shawl in 4 days? That's like super knitter. I wish I could knit that fast. I can knit for an entire hour and only like get 1 inch of knitting done. Not sure what the problem is. Anyways, it looks great. Love your blog.

Damn...that was CRAZY FAST. You are amazing! It looks so gorgeous, can't wait to see it all blocked. And that color....perfect.

Awesome. Fast AND beautiful!

Oooooh sooooo pretttttyyyyy! I need one now. Right now. I know she'll love it.

Um, whatever Miss 4 Day Shawl Maker. Don't mind me, it's just the jealousy talkin'. It looks good, can't wait to see it all blocked and ready to be gifted....grrr...4 days...whatever... :)

Well crap that was quick. Why can't I finish a darn thing and you're just whipping things out right and left? I'm jealous, but think the shawl is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to see it blocked.

Love the tee shirt!

Man, you are a knitting machine! And the results look fantastico. You're Mom will get exactly what she wants which means she will use it - and happily.

BTW, nice use of Avogadro's number. Makes the former scientist in me repeat over and over "6.023 times 10 to the 23rd..."

That was fast! I'm looking forward to seeing it blocked! Will you give it to your mom right away or wait a few months so she thinks you slaved over it for a much longer time ;)

Damn! That was fast. It looks FABULOUS. You did an amazing job and I bet your mom will adore it!!

wow! congratulations. Did you eat and sleep during the four days??? Very impressive knitting and very impressive finished object. Your mother will love it!

You will not regret that bind-off when you block. Me, I bound of as usual because I didn't bother reading the part where it said "BIND OFF THIS WAY" and ended up with something entirely unusable. I haven't had the heart to rip out that edge and re-bind off. In fact, I don't even know where the damn thing is now.

Your mom's shawl is gorgeous (after blocking it'll be breathtaking). The yarn was truly perfect.

Beautiful! I love the colour of that yarn...I can't wait to hear where we can get it! That pattern is gorgeous...I must try it. I really love wearing my shawl as a scarf, I was sporting Ene's all day today!

Wow! You are a fast knitter! I just finished the Leaf Lace shawl and although the leaf lace pattern was easy to memorize, the last 20 rows took forever...it took me 10 days total to knit my shawl (fingering wt on size 7). The bind off was very painful, but it is soooooo elastic and it blocked beautifully. You'll love how the edge looks when it's been blocked. I love the color of your yarn. :)
Happy knitting!

good heavens -- that is really quick! it certainly doesn't look like a four-day project. simply lovely.

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