Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Made It ......

..... it feels like I was running a race & almost reaching the finishing line - I was holding my breath when I was casting off the last few stitches & there was barely 20 cm of yarn..... I DID IT ! This is all the yarn that is left .....



Thanks to all of you who have been keeping your fingers crossed for me in this big event & I know that all the knitty wishes really helped. On top of that, I also found more yarn from Knitabulous (through Michelle), who generously offered to sent the yarn over. Thanks so much for all your generosity !

I was so happy that I managed to finish the border as it had taken me 1 whole week ! I had to cut off a portion of the cast-on tail to graft the 2 ends of the border. It took me another 2 hours to re-align the stitches, dropped some stitches, pick them up, & attempted to (took me 3 tries) graft them together. I was really tired & grouchy when I finished the grafting & to make matters worse, I made a big, big, big, mistake .....

..... I did the grafting on the wrong side of the shawl & now there is a seam on the right side. I almost cried when I saw what I have done & there's hardly anymore yarn to re-do it. I also did not have the energy to re-do it. I guess I have to live with this hugh mistake (and hope no one notice) as I don't want to rip out the grafting after all those attempts. I was so disappointed as I really enjoyed knitting this shawl & the pattern is easy. So that's it for my Pi Shawl, it still looks so lovely & it's hugh. It's about 60 ins or 152 cm across the diameter & it's not blocked ..... now I will have to block it when I find the energy to do it as this drama had been very tiring & all I want to do is to cast on a new project & be rejuvenated .....



I have also finished the 1st of my Casbah socks in my own cable design of. I decided to use a simple cable for this sock as some ladies in my knitting circle have been wanting to learn to knit cables. The cables have turned out quite nicely & I really like the way the pair of cables goes up the leg ....
.... I have cast on the 2nd sock & feeling more refreshed now, also started another sock - the Olympian Socks . I just love socks & really missed knitting them for the last week as I was concentrating on finishing the Pi Shawl.



10 comments:

Trudi said...

I love the socks, the colours are just gorgeous. I need to learn cables before the year is over.

Hope the weather is better in Perth than Canberra, -5 this morning, VERY frosty.

Micki said...

Congratulations on finishing the shawl! It's lovely. And kudos for using every scrap of yarn. :)

Suzanne said...

Wow, you are amazing. What work! The shall is beautiful, so are those yummy socks!!
Suzanne

Linda said...

Love the Casbah socks, they are lovely! Is the heel design yours too? Are you willing to share? It is unique, neat and clean!

Bogie said...

*whew*
Congratulations on finishing the shawl, it is a masterpiece. Don't worry about the grafting bit--you're the only one who will be able to spot it. And don't feel compelled to point it out! lol

Bells said...

oh wow. Well done. It's beautiful and all's well that ends well.

You sound so drained. You should be. You've worked like a trojan!

Kuka said...

oh no!!!
The shawl is still beautiful, though =)
And those socks look amazing!

Susan said...

Congrats on an absolute work of art! The socks got my attention. Very nice pattern.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on finishing up the shawl! It looks great even if the yarn shortage issue was a pain!

And those socks are a great pattern...very eye-catching!

knitabulous said...

Don't worry about the grafting - nobody will see it but you. It looks gorgeous so big and I know the drape would be amazing.

I think I'll send you a few metres anyway, in case you change your mind.