Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Icarus Update...Almost Done!!!



I am SO excited! I finished Lace Chart #3 today on the Icarus Shawl. The muscles in my arms are killing me but, man, it was worth it!

I spent most of last night (after putting Ben to bed) knitting this chart while watching alternately "The Shining" with Tim and then "Lost" with Ian. I really need to get a better light in the bedroom. Thank goodness my yarn is white and the needle tips are dark.

Just to catch up....here is the shawl BEFORE I started the lace charts. (It is reeeeeally soft!)



So, now here is what it looks like from far away after 3 lace charts are finished....seems small, doesn't it? But, it will be perfect once it's blocked and I do still have one more lace repeat to go. (I think it's 24 or 26 rows. Ugh...I'm up to over 400 stitches otn!)



Lemme show you a close up of the lace. Some of it is knitted with purl stitches, so the opposite side has some variation of knits and purls, which I l-o-v-e. It sometimes gets horribly boring (and painful) to only purl across such a huge row.



I'm off to knitting group tonight...yippeee!....and I am relieved that I got the shawl on a lifeline before getting ready to go. Not sure if I'll bring it tonight. Chart #4 looks mighty intimidating and talking while doing lace is not always a good idea. You know what I mean?

Love the pattern (Miriam, you are a genius!!!), love the yarn, love the needles (KP Harmony) and this is my most enjoyable lace yet. I'm definitely doing ANOTHER lace project next!

Happy Knitting!

8 comments:

Lora said...

pretty!!!

Julie said...

Beautiful!

cayli said...

Love it! Can't wait to see it blocked, that's when the magic happens. It is also usually when I say, "I knit this!?"

How about Laminaria from the new Knitty? I really want to do this one!

NH Knitting Mama said...

Gina, that is really coming along beautifully. Nice job!

mochirunner said...

lovely! My own Icarus has been languishing in the corner...this was just the motivation I needed to pick it back up! Can't wait to see it blocked:)

Donna said...

It's coming out soooo pretty Gina.

I met a friend of yours last night - Caroline. She showed me one of her many Amanda hats! I am hooked now. I will have to make one. I'll post a photo on my blog when I actually finish it....

Hilary said...

It looks awesome! I love how soft your is too ;o)

kimberly said...

Oh she looks so perty!!! I just started wearing mine to work last week and I don't know why I hadn't started earlier-this is my favorite shawl. It will be worth every stitch of effort-trust me!