my new worst enemy: lace

Ugh, what was I thinking with this project? As it turns out, lace is kind of hard. It was hard before I even started--trying to wind 440 yds of lace weight yarn into a ball is no easy task!

I started this project 2 days ago, and I've frogged it 4 times already! I was saved from a 5th frogging because I got a clue and put in a piece of waste yarn so I would only have to unravel to that row and not the whole thing should I run into a problem--which I did, of course. The problem being, the person who transcribed this patten left some crucial stitches out!

I gave up reading the chart early because it's cut off on the website (and I hate charts anyway--who doesn't?), so I was going just by the written pattern, which says:

For the k3 to k8 section: k2, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo, [ k1, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo ] 1 time, k1, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k2.

But, oops, following this pattern (tried it twice!) left me with an extra 3 stitches. I compared it to earlier rows and identified the part where the author left out those 3 stitches. Tried it again, and there weren't enough stitches for the next repeat--must've left some YOs out too! Finally got it all figured out; this is the correct pattern:


For the k3 to k8 section: k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo, [ k1, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo ] 1 time, k1, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k2.

Gah! This shawl better turn out damn pretty for all this work! Here's what I've got so far:


This certainly won't be a quick knit either; it's not the kind of thing you can work on while watching TV, it requires a lot of focus. The problem with lace is, you can't fudge anything. For most patterns, if I find myself short a stitch or with an extra stitch, I can do a quick increase or decrease and go along my merry way, with a negligible impact on the piece. Unfortunately, an extra or missing stitch in a piece of lace will throw the whole beautiful pattern off. Fortunately it won't be shawl weather until October, so there's no rush.

I'm anxiously awaiting my KnitPicks order. I think it's great that you can track your shipment online, but doing so always upsets me. I become very impatient and find myself muttering things like, "If it arrived in Ohio 2 days ago, why is it just leaving Ohio this morning?!?" As if talking to myself will make my yarn arrive any faster.