Three-Thousand, Five-Hundred, Ninety-Four stitches on the shawl -
Three-Thousand, Five-Hundred, Ninety-Four stitches!!!
Take one down, as I knit them around -
Three-Thousand, Five-Hundred, Ninety-Three stitches on the shawl!
Three-Thousand, Five-Hundred, Ninety-Three stitches on the shawl. . .
I have decided to knit a shawl for a bride that I am close to. Dollface says, "You took this on, Mom. I am fine without a shawl...," and she probably is. But I need to make her a shawl for her wedding. . .because her dress is sleeveless and the hall is air-conditioned. . .because I want to show my love for my daughter in a tangible form. . .because I think love can be represented well in tens of thousands of tiny knit stitches in squishy-soft, lace-weight wool-and-silk. . .because I knit, I must knit my love for my daughter.
I have chosen the Bella Capelet, and you have seen a couple of pictures along the way. I don't have a new picture of it for you, but here's a gratuitous shot of the Peanut. . . Ain't she cute?!? I am NOT at all biased. Honest. I'm not. SHE is seriously adorable!
Back to the shawl. . . I am making really good progress, and I was pretty happy with the knitting (about 300 sts in each row for the past 60 rows or so), and then I came to these lines in the pattern:
---Knit 1, *YO, K1 repeat from * to end (599 sts)
---Repeat previous row (1198 sts)
---Knit the next 5 rows, then bind off with larger needle.
OK, those who know me might say I am a pretty quick knitter, and I would generally agree. My standard sock (64 sts around) takes me 3-4 minutes to knit around. OK, then let's do the math for those last 5 rows (here is where you should look away, if you are faint of heart when it comes to "the maths"). . .
1198 stitches x5 rows=5990sts. . .let's say that I knit 64 sts in sts in 4 minutes (lace-weight moves a bit slower for me), so 64 stitches/4 minutes=16 stitches a minute. . .back to high school here. . .5990 stitches for those 5 rows, at 16 sts/minute. . .5990/16=374.375 minutes. . .there are 60 minutes in an hour, so 374.375/60=6.24 hours to finish these last 5 rows! Argh! That means that it will take me 6.24/5=~1.25 hours FOR EACH OF THESE ROWS! Then the bind off, which will take even longer. . .I soooo should have read ahead and done this math before diving in!
Then again, I do love Dollface a whole bunch. . .and I think she is worth it! Besides, I have already completed 2 of those 5 rows. . .sooooo, all I have left is
Three-Thousand, Five-Hundred, Ninety-Four stitches on the shawl!
Thanks for stopping by, and for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers through these last few thousand stitches. Oh, and Knit in Good Health!