Thursday, April 13, 2006

Snowdrop

She finally did it. Like the gentle drop of pink fluffy snow that she is, she finally drifted off my needles.


I could hardly believe it. Just a few weeks shy of 6 months in the making. There were times I was sure she would end up forgotten in the back corner of my closet. As she grew from one single stitch into this beautiful lacey fabric, could I spend a whole hour knitting a single row? After I picked up over 600 stitches and started the edging, could I take one more edging row? Like most things in life, she was worth the effort. One stitch at a time, one row at a time, and eventually, there she is. I can hardly wait for the next one, but first I hear a pair of socks beckoning me...


The pattern for snowdrop is a free pattern from the yarn harlot.

I used Misti Alpaca laceweight yarn and size 5 needles.
I was concerned about it being wide enough so I knitted a few extra rows. Of course then I had the dilemma of not knowing how many stitches to pickup for the edging. To figure this out, I calculated the proportion of edging stitches to number of rows called for in the pattern and then applied that proportion to the number of rows I actually knitted. The pattern estimated about 1200m of yarn, but despite knitting extra rows I had a lot of leftover yarn. I figure my snowdrop took just a bit over 1000m.

5 comments:

Wool Girl said...

J,
This is really beautiful! You did such a lovely job on this. What a beautiful pattern and color choice.

WG

NeuroKnitter said...

Julie-Your snowdrop is loverly!!! Wowee...She's just beautiful!

NK

shannon said...

wowie, zowie, julie - what an amazing piece of artwork that shawl is. you, my dear, are one heck of a knitter! now get out there and finish a pair of socks!

Emily said...

The other gals have said it all. This is just an amazing accomplishment, J. A masterpiece!

Heather said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful!!