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Aeolian Shawl

Has anyone noticed the infrequency of posts and lack of pictures? Computer problems. Actually internet connectivity problems. End result being the same — a cranky Jodi. But I finally can share with you how I’ve been spending my knitting time lately. Here you have a very nearly, but not quite totally finished Aeolian shawl. 100% silk in Dusty Rose (incidentally, same color as my bridesmaid’s dresses years, and years, and YEARS ago).

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I’m loving it a lot despite the beading which requires a teensy weensy crochet needle on which you slip the bead then crochet it onto the stitch that requires a bead. Then you slip that stitch back on your knitting needles and knit it. The real fun comes when you have to bead on a decrease and remember which of the three stitches you’re working with will wind up in front and then place the bead accordingly. Needless to say, there’s been some cursing during this project. See the tiny seed beads?

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Pretend you don’t notice the uneven stitches from all the times I’ve forgotten the yarn overs and had to go back and add them in several rows up. I’m hoping some of the really tight spots will block out better than they look now. Fingers crossed!

All in all, I’m really enjoying my first attempt at real laceweight as well as my first run at beading. The only casualty so far has been my size 14 crochet needle. Not much larger than a sewing needle, it suffered badly when Tom got a hold of it and attempted to do minor surgery on the leather recliner. Fortunately, its insane thinness meant that it bent in half instead of piercing through. I don’t particularly love those chairs, but am thrilled to not have to replace them anytime soon.

Anyone else up to their elbows in a project that may just be a tad beyond their skill level? I’d love to hear about it. It might help prevent me from shoving this project to the back of the closet and forgetting about it for a week or two (or 20).

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  1. Bells says

    you’re doing THIS shawl? Holy crap Jodi. Have you heard of crawling before walking?

    And it’s meant to look uneven. It’s an unblocked shawl.

    Lovely though. Hurry up and finish so I can see it done!

  2. jodi says

    Bells — You’ve got me ROFLing. And no, I always dive in over my head and then wonder why I can’t breathe underwater…you’re lucky you’ve only had to deal with me a few years and long distance at that. :) BTW, I believe I’ve mentioned before that this is all entirely your fault. Wouldn’t even have considered knitting if you hadn’t made it look so appealing. XOXO!

  3. Kate says

    I love your shawl!!!! And with beads too!! My big Over My Head And Over The Top Plan is to knit a Pretty as a Peacock shawl (Rav link) – I have the pattern, I have some glorious alpaca silk laceweight in a purplish royal blue – so far I don’t have the courage…

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