I finished the Wholehearted Shawl on May 31st, and let it block overnight. Am very happy with it! The one drawback I have noticed with many shawls is their tendency to slip off my shoulders. The shape of the Wholehearted Shawl means it does not do that. 🙂 I did not use the picot bind-off in the pattern; for some reason I had trouble with it, and eventually finished it in a loose bind-off that probably has no name. lol
During my lunch hour today I stopped by A Perfect Yarn (Crescent City, CA), and the two lovely owners showed me how to do the picot bind-off. I will use that with my next Wholehearted Shawl, in the shades of green I originally envisioned. In the process of showing me how to do the bind-off, I also discovered I have been knitting “backward” all these years! I learned from the Internet, and apparently the directions were written by someone who learned how to knit here in the U.S. during the 1930s. (There are a lot of women in the U.S. who knit backward because of that.) You can still create beautiful things, but the process is a bit more cumbersome. The ladies at A Perfect Yarn took the time to show me how to knit and purl properly, and even gave me “homework” to take home and practice with. 🙂
Wish I had more time to knit — this having to work is such a bother! 🙂 I have the yarn and pattern to make two lovely neck/shoulder warmers (Cadeau) designed by Wei Siew at Kiwiyarn Knits. I also have the yarn and pattern to do Wingspan, a shawl/scarf. And the Yarn Harlot has been tempting me with a shawl called Color Affection, particularly with the photo of the one she made. I don’t have the yarn for that one yet, but am thinking dark green, a cool purple/lavender, and some sort of blue.
I so enjoy knitting! 🙂