Knitted on borders. Do love them or loathe them?
I ask as I’m doing one at the moment. In October I was brought some lovely yarn by Trev as an anniversary present with which I planned to knit a Celes – 4 skeins of yummy Shilasdair Luxury 4 Ply in a beautiful natural fleecy colour. It has the most awesome comforting smell and I just want to wrap myself in it and roll around.
Anyway. So I got the centre rectangles knitted up and grafted together quite quickly and I remember picking up the 530-odd stitches around the border in the middle of the night one time when I had tonsilitis and couldn’t sleep. I thought I might as well get up and do something useful, so off I went. Easy.
I then knitted three repeats of the edging chart and didn’t do anything from late November until now. I suck.
So I’ve cracked back on with it, merrily counting down the 40-50 repeats I thought I’d need to do, when it suddenly hit me. I’m only joining the border to the shawl every other row, so in essence I have to knit over 1,000 border rows. That’s not 40-50 repeats. It’s closer to 100.
Guess how much I’ve done so far?
That’s not even a sixth! Not even half-way up the first long edge. So while I’m kind-of finding it meditative and enjoyable, it’s going to take a HECK of a long time and if I think about it too much, I may end up poking my eyes out with my needles.
Shame as I love the effect and I know it’s going to block out beautifully. But… the end seems so far away!
Any words of comfort? Or feel free to laugh at my but-it’s-oh-so-pretty-I’m-sure-the-border-will-be-really-quick-and-easy-and-fun naivety…
Back to the grindstone!