borders. No, not the bookstore. Knitted-on lace borders. You know how some people hate to do sleeves, or hate to sew sweater pieces together? I hate doing knitted-on borders.
They're not hard. I know how to do them. But there's something about going through all the work of knitting the body of a shawl, and then having to go on and knit a border onto it that just wears me out. I currently have two shawls* sitting and waiting for me to get back and finish knitting the borders. And then there's my current shawl:
This is a pattern I bought last year at SAFF. It's a lovely pattern, very fun to knit. And the yarn I'm using is really nice to knit with. It's Melody, a fingering/sock weight yarn from Jojosquare on Ebay. I'd been a little hesitant to order some of this yarn till I saw it in person, also at SAFF. It's nice yarn, crisp and easy to work with. And, as you can see, it's variegated, and it's variegated in ways that I like. But that border. It's 32 sts wide. You have to do 2 rows of pattern to eat up one st of the body of the shawl. And I finished the body with 569 (or something like that) sts. You do the math.
Here's a detail shot:
OTOH, I'm almost half-way around the body of the shawl, so I may make it to the end without pooping out.
If I make another shawl using this kind of yarn, I'll probably use a larger size needle, for a more open look. But his will be nice and warm and cozy. Wish I could use it now, since our heat has stopped working right before this cold snap.
Speaking of Jojosquare yarns, I splurged and bought some laceweight stuff:
I think this stuff is just gorgeous. But I have a weakness for yarns that shade like this. At almost 8000 ypp, it's pretty fine. I can't wait to use it. But I must.... stay.... strong... and... FINISH... current... PROJECT......arrrggghhhhh.....
Send good wishes.
*I may frog one of them, however.