It all started with the spring yarns, or more precisely Kelley's podcast on the spring yarns. She spoke of the tonal yarns, the yellows in particular. Now my Mom loves yellow and all I could think about was what can I do with what sounded like the most buttery, sun-shiney, warm golden wonderfulness. I decided on a shawl, all her shawls are winter weight and mostly black so I decided to have a go at a PI shawl from Elizabeth Zimmermann's (from this point on known as EZ) Knitter's Almanac for Mothers Day. I ordered the yarn, Shadow Tonal in Golden Glow, and when it arrived it was just what I hoped for. So I had the yarn, I had the needles, and I had the book. I was ready to go.
As this is the first time I've followed one of EZ's patterns I went with the basics. No fancy lace patterns on this one, just simple mindless knitting. When I read the chapter on this shawl in Knitters Almanac I scoffed at EZ's talk of trouble with using four needles. I've been using DPNs with ease I thought to myself I won't have any problems. Well lace weight yarn, loose stitches and size 7 DPNs put me in my place let me tell you. The air turned so blue my dog left the room in disgust. I kept at it though and 3 or 4 cast ons and rip backs later I was gingerly moving along, afraid to stop until I got to the point where I could move the stitches to a circular needle. I was convinced disaster loomed if I stopped. Well I made the shift to a 16" circ. breathed a sigh of relief, apologized to the dog and went to bed.
I have since made the move to the 24" and am working on the 288 st. section. Lots and lots of stitch markers to keep count. I think I may start to jingle soon. (Just a thought, do the little metal stitch markers set off the detectors at airports? I'm flying down to TN soon and I am planning to take this on the plane with me. If anyone knows the answer please let me know) But right this minuet my biggest struggle is to keep the gauge loose. Loose is my new mantra. Shoulders loose, hands loose, stitches loose, loose, loose, loose.