a: an albatross
q: what’s huge, impossible to get rid of, and gets tied around your neck?
ok, so if you’re not coleridge another answer is “a laceweight pi shawl.”
i worked on this for about 3 months (from before thanksgiving until last week!). it was knit on size 4 needles, with one skein of prism lace wool in tahoe.
towards the end it won me over…and by “end” i mean “end of the blocking process.” by “towards” i mean “after i had pinned it out on my bed – the only place big enough to block it – and realized it was actually big enough.”
pre-blocking, it measured about a foot and a half in diameter. these things STRETCH.
of course, i underestimated the sheer enormity of the thing and ran out of pins, so my blocking job is a little wonky. however, i think the edging is worth a look:
elizabeth zimmerman recommends the “loop edging” from barbara walker’s second (correct me if i’m wrong!) stitch dictionary. of course, being the contrary knitter i am, i had to swatch about 10 different edgings from all over the place until i went back to EZ’s. of course i was going to. she knows best, doesn’t she?
but, i had to do SOMETHING different. and the loop edging was a garter-based lace; i sort of hated the contrast between it and the stockinette of the shawl body. so i converted the whole thing to stockinette. i should have known that would look sort of curled up and terrible, but chalk it up to experience! i ended up leaving one row of garter in there to break up the dreaded stockinette curl, and add texture to the weirdly smooth surface i ended up with in complete stockinette. perfect!
a bazillion thanks to cara for the photographs. she started a beautiful vest, blogged here, the same day that i started the monster above. we laughed, we cried, we vented about our projects, and finished them the same day! i’m glad i had the shawl instead of that bubble though! say what you will about elizabeth zimmerman’s instructions, but we actually had to cut out pieces of cardstock and build that vest to understand the construction! that said, cara did a great job on it, the finished product makes me want to knit one right now!