It does look rather like a net doesn’t it? But I can assure you that this shawl will hopeful never see contact with lake or river water, and will be properly washed and stretched afterwards.
Now that I’m beyond the slipperyness of the double-pointed needles, and the snaggy joins of the 16 inch needle, I can say that I am starting to enjoy the knitting of this shawl. It certainly won’t be the easiest thing that I’ve ever knit, but I will say that it is somewhat interesting. And I’m really glad to be using up this thin and slippery rayon yarn that doesn’t have much practical use, but that I bought just the same. I know that I will have enough yarn — I’ve got a whole cone of it, and what you see here is the result of about half an ounce. So yarn won’t be an issue, it’s merely an issue of how long can I keep working with it before I get tired and quit. (This won’t take terribly long.) I worked on it for a few hours tonight though, and I feel a bit more endeared to it now than I did before.
The construction of this circular shawl is unusual for me — and is not often used in Elizabeth’s knitting either. It’s a round shawl, but when it’s finished, its really more of a heptagon, than it is a circle. You block it into a perfect circle, and it’s fine, but when you’re knitting it, it still is technically a heptagon. (A heptagon is a seven-sided polygon for the record) The “spokes” are created by doing a double increase at seven places, every fourth round, which makes it hard to keep track of. I’ve mostly fixed this problem by making the middle round an eyelet round, so it goes: increase round, plain round, eyelet round, plain round, and the start back at the beginning. It’s got a nice rhythm, and that bodes well with the fact that I was challenging myself tonight to see how many more rounds I could knit. I am highly competitive, and this just proves it — I was competing with myself.
I won’t make this one quite as big as my other shawls — or I will at least attempt not to. For some reason, I’m never in control of how big my shawls end up — though I do try. It might be beyond me to predict how large they end up. I know that this shawl wont’ ever be particularly warm, so I might as well make it small and lace-y thereby making it a “summer shawl”. Not that I would ever use anything so pretentious as a “summer shawl,” (hence the quotes), but I am making one nonetheless. Really, I intend for this thing to sort of a neck doily. It doesn’t really do anything, just makes something look pretty. I’ll keep knitting though, it is starting to be interesting.