Certainly one of the greatest dilemmas for any travelling knitter is - "what knitting to take?"
have tired a bit of my Betty Mouat Cowl, unsure whether it is really
working out. It is actually working out exactly as I had envisioned and
intended, I'm just feeling unsure whether I got that vision and
intention right. I was very successful using Judy's Magic Cast-on for my 441 provisional stitches. I am getting just the effect that I desired of a pale band in the middle of the cowl, the colour progression to the dark hues is a little more abrupt than I had expected. I've just ... run out of ... steam a bit ....
then to just add to the disenchantment - Cladonia. I love this shawl
pattern, I love the yarn and colours that I have chosen but it is just
not working out (again) and I cannot bear the thought of re-knitting it
(a third time).
So really, all the effort that I went to to laboriously unpick and laboriously reweave those two 'truffle hunt' rows was ... just laborious. And tedious. And in retrospect completely unnecessary. I
am even tempted to rip back a good two thirds of it to rework the
stripe sequence but now I dread not only knitting the lace again but
also the striped rows with all the extra increases that I have introduced at the edges. Actually, scrap that notion altogether - I have so little of the 'old world' left over (and not to hand) that I couldn't risk re-knitting the stripes. Solved! When the yarn arrives, I will knit the picot edge, fix up a bit where I have started another unnecessary row of shawl surgery, block it and claim 'design choice' to explain any flaws.
Still, any encouragement on either of these projects would be greatly appreciated.