I am finished with Rock Island. Yay! It was a bumpy road, though.
1. I started over a year ago. The edging chart was a doozy. I just could not get a read on the pattern and had to continually look at the chart, but it was lace on both sides and though the symbols were the same, the actions were not. This made for very confusing knitting. And it was very hard to correct if something went wrong. After about 20 repeats, I put it down for 11 months.
2. In April, I picked it up again and sorta got the hang of the edging pattern. After I was done, I moved on to the next part of the pattern, which involved picking up stitches along the length of the edging. At the end, I had the wrong number of stitches. I fudged it and moved on.
3. After I finished the next lace pattern, I started the easy garter stitch portion. Again, I had the wrong number of stitches on either side of the center stitch. Curses. Then, I fudged it again.
4. At the end, when I grafted the stitches, I somehow got them all twisted around. By this time, I was a more than a little resigned to this being The Shawl That was Not Meant to be Perfect. I left it in a little knot and moved on to the blocking.
5. When I started to block the shawl, I discovered this.
That is a dropped stitch, which probably explains my stitch count problem. Basically, I had a moment when I just wanted to burn the thing and then I moved on into fix it mode. I picked up the stitch and broke one of the cardinal rules of knitting. I tied a knot. Here you see the stitch picked up.
Then, I took a length of yarn, threaded it through that loop you see above and another stitch that was not dropped, and I tied a knot. Done. Secured. I moved on with the blocking.
If you look very closely, you can see the ends of the extra piece of yarn. I think it will be fine after I weave them in.
6. The last thing that went wrong with this project? I had way more yarn than I anticipated left over. This means that I could have made it bigger. Now I have big chunk of lace yarn that is not enough for much of anything. That just irks me no end.
Well, I am done hating on this project now. Tomorrow, I will tell you the things that I loved about it.