This is the Shawl that never ends

Posted on Feb 18, 2009. 7 comments

Like the Hindenburg, HD DVD and the Edsel (who names a car 'Citation' anyway? That's totally begging for trouble!!!!one!!!!1! "I'm sorry Officer it was the car that was driving 27 miles over the speed limit!") a triangular shawl knit from the long side to the point seemed like a fabulous idea at the beginning. You front load the hard work and taper to a lovely point at the end enjoying the fruits of your labor smugly with a hot cuppa and inflated ego.
I'm now now weeks into the project and amid yarn shortages and project fatigue (with a little less ego but barring massive explosions) I'm thinking that perhaps it wasn't such a great idea after all. I think I'll name it Castigation. I haven't waved the white flag of shame yet but I'll likely be a little too chipper to start a new project.
I may take a sanity saving respite and knit some Mama Janes from some of my handspun.
This was spun on a 2" Schacht drop spindle (the only current spindle in my possession) using Zitron Pencil Roving. La suspects this Zitron stuff is felting wool and she is probably right. But I've reached the point in my spinning career where cotton balls and dryer lint are fair game.
And since we're discussing obsessions I may as well share my two recent favorite photos I've snapped in the past few days.
Calla Lilly photographed while wearing my jammies (of which the patented jammie fabric repels the neighbor's stern looks quite well).
Frankly I must admit my better photos are accidentally good as in this happy accident during sunset photo.
And speaking to happiness...I have exciting news on the knitting front. has started selling my patterns. You can find them here. This is a new arena for my patterns and I'm really thrilled with this new venture. As always my patterns are as always still available through Ravelry, Etsy, and on my website via the sidebar.
I'd like to especially thank everyone who has supported me during the start up of my design business and I feel so lucky and blessed as my business grows.


  • Posted by Carrie K on Feb 19, 2009

    But Castigation is so very, very pretty.
    Tease. I was totally going to take Maya off your hands, provided the shipping and handling charges weren’t astronomical.

  • Posted by Roberta on Feb 19, 2009

    Congrats!! You got two pages on that website. I’m so excited for you!
    PS if you do decide to spin pet hair, Thor sheds twice his weight in hair every day. He is a shedding anomaly who’d be happy to contribute.

  • Posted by mindy on Feb 18, 2009

    But its such pretty colors.
    Love the calla lily- that’s amazing.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Feb 18, 2009

    So the neighbor isn’t so calla-sed after all?

  • Posted by Jen/yarnhoardinmama on Ravelry on Feb 19, 2009

    Congrats on the pattern sales! That is so exciting!

  • Posted by marri on Feb 18, 2009

    oh, how i know about yarn shortages… do you need me to pick something up from unwind for you?

  • Posted by Jennifer on Feb 18, 2009

    You are right about the shawl that never ends…especially when short people pull it off the needles. I lost 900 stitches last night.
    Since you are spinning cotton balls and dryer lint, I suggest moving on to something you have an abundance of. Pet hair. There are entire cottage industries devoted to making german shepard handbags. In fact, I’m happy to send you some pet hair…attached to the pet in question.

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