It's finally done! And I love it!
Not only did this take me over a year to finish, the yarn itself is some beautiful boucle I bought at my very first trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in 2006 - yes, FIVE years ago! But I now have a wonderful wrap in beautiful shades of reds and oranges.
So where are the pictures, you ask?
Well, I haven't been able to take a decent photo of the shawl. The angles were wrong, the placement was wrong, the lighting was wrong. A handful of photos taken and nothing worth saving or posting. So I'm going to publicly ask my dear friend Perches to assist me in a couple of weeks. Her photography is beautiful as you can see on her blog.
What do you say, lady? I'll barter with you - some photos in exchange for an extra helping of pierogies? :)
I learned three important lessons from making this shawl -
1) Working on a big monotonous project goes much better and faster if you just work on a little bit every day or every once in a while. I was able to get this shawl finished over the last month by working on it during lunch each day. It was amazing how much progress I made without focusing on the daunting challenge of finishing it.
2) I have really got to get knitting terms straight in my head. I thought it was garter stitch but it was actually stockinette stitch. D'oh!
The last one may be more of reinforcing behavior rather than a lesson...
3) It's okay to buy yarn you absolutely love even if you have no idea how the heck you're going to use it. You will find the right pattern someday.