As I promised myself last week, I did finish off both the dishcloth and the market bag over the past few days. I’m pretty pleased with the results and was even more pleased to have taken a couple of UFOs off my very long list of them.
How about putting some more effort into that list, I thought.
And so I picked up again a shawl that I’d started early last summer, or maybe it was late spring. Whatever–it’s a project worth returning to, for sure.
I absolutely love the color. This thread exactly coordinates with the fabric for a dress in my to-sew pile. I love the crochet pattern, too (it’s Doris Chan’s All Shawl)–a very plain main body with a knockout lacy edging that will take it from “yeah” to “WOW.” And I love the feel of it so far. It’s cotton thread, which I wanted because this is intended to go with a transition-season sleeveless dress. The thread makes a fabric that drapes like water–it’s just elegant and lovely and I know I will wear it forever once I finally get finished working it.
Ah, there’s the rub. I have to finish. But that beautiful mercerized cotton is slippery and not so easy to work with. I don’t dare take my eyes off it. Even as rough and chapped as my hands are, I have no friction against this thread. I look away and drop the thread, and just like that–whoosh–out come a stitch or two in the instant before I catch it again.
Of course that slipperiness makes the thread kind of a pain in the wrists, too, which is why I’ve been working in such tiny increments for all these months. Here’s the shawl with my current read, which gives a bit of an idea of scale. In truth, I really haven’t gotten all that far….
In the interest of getting this shawl done before summer, I promised myself yesterday that I would not pick up any other project until I’d either completed another two full rows, or run out of my second ball of thread and had to break into this new ball, whichever came first.
It took nearly two hours, but I did. (Whew.)
Meantime, I figured I’d earned a (small and practical) reward for following through. I cast on a knit dishcloth–in mercifully worsted-weight, ordinary finish cotton.
Wouldn’t you know, I didn’t get too far on that, either.
Anyone else on a cotton kick? What are YOU working on?
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