Jean is right when she suggests that it's a challenge to find interesting things to write when one is working on what is a seemingly endless bit of lace edging. Let me resort to that old chestnut about a picture being worth a thousand words:
And the other one, where if one is good, two is better:
Those photos are from last week, at about the 32 repeat mark. I'm within spitting distance of 40 today, which means I'm almost halfway there.
That sound you hear is all the air whooshing out of me as I deflate at the thought of doing the second half. I know I lost some time during the two weeks after my accident, and I know that I've speeded up since I first started in January, but it has reached the point where it almost seems endless.
I'm rather glad that Jean has restarted hers, as it inspires me to keep going.
I was trying to explain this project to someone yesterday, and her comment was, "But don't you have days when you'd just rather be knitting on it and making some progress rather than writing about it?"
I had to confess that this was true, at least in the last week. I took those photos, with the intention of posting them when I took them, but then thought, no, I should just go work a few more rows.
And I also have to confess that all of a sudden, I am so thoroughly bored with this edging. I'm going to pay for that comment, I know it, I know that The Universe will exact some sort of karmic payback for that kind of thinking.
On a positive note, I think it is actually a good thing that I'm bored with the edging. It means that with practice, I'm finding the edging easier to work. I'm at the point where I can visualize what's happening when I look at the chart -- I've been wondering if other knitters do this -- I actually see an image, like a photograph, of the knitting in my mind, as I work the chart. It means that I'm very quick to realize if I've become distracted and made a mistake (usually within a few stitches of making the mistake).
I keep telling myself that if I can just make it to 55 or 60 points, then I'll be facing the home stretch. I suspect though, at the current rate I'm working, it will still be the end of April before I reach repeat number 85.
The Other thinks it would be amusing to figure out how many gnomes laid end to end would equal the length of the edging. I'm not sure I actually own enough gnomes. I never thought that knitting this shawl would have me thinking about adding to my collection.