Thursday, May 24, 2007

24,169

Flower Basket Shawl


24,169 stitches. That is how many stitches it took to complete this Flower Basket Shawl. At least, that's the number I came up with when I worked it out last night. I had originally calculated that it was over 25K, but I don't think I did the math correctly.

Near the end of this shawl, the purl rows were taking 15 minutes to complete (I purl slower than I knit). Binding off took an hour and a half (um, while watching a movie, so I was a little distracted).

I intend to block the shawl tonight, and expect that it will take a significant amount of time to pin it out straight. (Does anyone have blocking wires?)
This shawl is for my grandmother - I think it's light enough to be worn in the summer. She's always cold, even in the summer, so I hope this helps to keep her warm. Oh, perhaps she could wear it to my cousin's wedding this summer!

Flower Basket Shawl

9 comments:

  1. Jaysus, no wonder I could not make two of them in two weeks.
    Love the colour!

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  2. It's a beautiful pattern. I'm looking forward to having my own.

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  3. I have blocking wires. You can borrow them. What's the best way to get them to you?

    My word verification is smokus.

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  4. That's a lot of stitches.

    I can't wait to see it all blocked out!

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  5. That's a loverly shawl. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of it when it's all blocked!

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  6. Pretty shawl, and pretty colour even pre-blocking. I'm sure your grandmother will love it.

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  7. Gorgeous--well done! That's one stylish grandma!

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  8. Very pretty colour. You are a lovely Granddaughter.

    The Harlot uses string to do her blocking http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2005/08/23/walk_around_the_block.html

    sweetgeorgina uses makeshift blocking wires. "...What are they? They are the wire parts of some stake flags that I found at Home Depot. Seriously, they cost me $2.98 for 25." http://sweetgeorgia.planetfishdesign.com/archives/2005/09/birch.html

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  9. Wow- that's beautiful! Your grandmother is going to love it.

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