For reference, the center part of that version increases 5 stitches every four rows. The center part of the modification I’m trying now increases 7 stitches every four rows. So far it looks like this:
It can, of course, be straightened out a lot, but I think it really does want to be considerably more curved than the original. My mandate was to add another section, presumably in the outer part. I have plans for that also. We will see how this is looking when Meg sees it tomorrow and whether she’ll vote to go back to the original until the stripes and then add a section.
I don’t think I shared with you an insight that suddenly came to me when I was contemplating how much I like my Waterlily shawl – and how Meg dislikes it. One (of many) fundamental difference in how we use shawls is that I like mine to consist of one neat layer with minimal overlaps, and Meg likes hers to go round multiple times, making lots of layers. She doesn’t like them too long, either – more concentrated around her neck. I seem to prefer mine to go down to about elbow length. Which is pretty long if you’re not going to wrap it around you a lot.
Interesting how different our styles are. Or rather, how different Meg’s style is from my way of dressing – I wouldn’t exactly call it style. My mother was always very conscious of clothes, loved shoes and hats and bags – changed her bag every day to match her outfit. I buy a bag then carry it until it wears out or (occasionally) I get tired of it. Meg is much closer in this area to my mother than to me. Although Meg tends to make her own style much more than my mother did. Hazel makes her own style, too – and others follow her. Don’t know where that came from!