I make no excuses for my Knit-a-long obsession. It seems like I finish one and dive head on into the next. I've just finished Kitman Figueroa's latest KAL, a large beaded shawl called Mayan Garden.
I justified this KAL by the fact that I would be using 5 year old yarn that I had bought on sale. It was Auracania, Color 114. I had 756 yards and the pattern called for up to 750 yards. It was a bright coral and I thought that if I ran out of yarn I would simply used some bright pink I had in the same base as a cheerful edging.
Unblocked it lay as a puddle of brightness.
And when it came to blocking I went all out. I stretched and tweaked and pinned and was so proud that I went to all that trouble.
The next morning, I went to go and test and see if it was dry, and the edge I laid my hand on was and so I hastily undid the pins and the blocking wires and what do you know? It sprung back into it's former self. It was still very, very damp and my impatience undid all my careful work.
But that was all the patience I had that weekend so instead I stretched it out over the fireplace and let it dry. I had to live with the lack of beautifully pointed edges. How I suffer.
So today I draped and snapped as much as I could.
I like the beads. They twinkle and catch the light.
I like the embossed designs that Kitman is so good at designing.
And I love the size of it, and that crazy coral pink.
But my favourite thing of all?
The fact that that little tail is all the yarn that was left. I've never ever cut it so close and wasted so little. I may never sew in that little tail. I'm so proud of it.