Having finished my Marigold Catnip yarn, I am now freed up to pay a little more attention to my Waterlily Pie shawl. I knit some more on it and then decided to put it on a string and see what shape it was. When you’re experimenting madly and you have an almost-circle of lace, you cannot tell what it looks like on the needle. So here are some shots:
This is more or less the shape it is. Of course, there is a lot that can be done with blocking and I think I could make it more like a circle or make the “slice” wider if I wanted. But I think it’s about the shape I was looking for.
Here is a perfectly awful photo of what it looks like on – I never tried one of those pictures in a mirror before and I’ve gained a lot of respect for those who can make them look decent! I do think that the fact that this mirror is inside a linen closet and the door won’t open all the way added an additional handicap …
The chief reason that I put this on the string was that I was trying to decide whether I should keep knitting on the number of stitches I currently have or whether I should do the next “scheduled” increase as in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl recipe. I had already decided that I wouldn’t do it quite on schedule (64 rows after the last increase) but rather at 76 rows. That’s 28 rows away – the plan was for one more row of diamonds (begun – you can see then near the edge) and then another pair of snowflakes, like the ones at the top and at the beginning of this band. If I decide that I want to go ahead and increase, I think I would just do garter stitch, assuming that it would really serve as a ruffle. If I don’t increase, I probably want to do some more diamonds before ending with some snowflakes and a bit of garter. For this, I would need to figure out how much yarn I’m using per row and do a bit of planning. I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do. The edge is still really stretchy, but do I have enough yarn that I don’t want to risk knitting straight? I really don’t know. I think I’m going to like it, though!