Fountain Pen Shawl

There’s a lovely lace shawl pattern in Interweave Knits called the Fountain Pen Shawl. I started it a couple days ago. I’m making it out of JaggerSpun Zephyr in Elderberry. I got it at Knitter’s Underground and it’s absolutely perfect. The pattern called for Lorna’s Lace, I think. That’s the same blend, weight, yardage and gauge but much less expensive.

It calls for size 6 needles but I’m using size 4 of my very favorite circulars — Addi Turbo. Addi makes lace needles that have a sharper point than the regular circs.

I’m also using the stitch holders I got from “Stories of the Traveling Stitch Markers” on Ravelry. I’ll use them for the lace and pass them on to the next person in PA. Then we’ll report to the group about the knitting and the markers. Fun idea that I had to try.

I’m into the 3rd repeat of the body pattern and what have I learned?

STOP KNITTING WHEN TIRED!!! If I keep making the same mistake on the same row and have one too few stitches, I really need to put the knitting down and walk away. Otherwise it’s: knit the row, tear it out, knit the row, tear it out, knit the row, tear it out. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Iggy’s pretty good about laying there and not playing with the yarn. There have been a couple times when she just feels the need to roll over and stretch. If she gets tangled you can’t really fault her because she was asleep when it happened, right? And if she decides she just has to bat at one of those dangley,glittery markers, well she’s just protecting me from possible attacks. Who can get angry about a cat protecting you?

That’s her story and she’s sticking to it.

So for me it’s back to knit a row, purl and count a row, knit a row, purl and count a row, knit a row, purl and count a row until it becomes knit the row, tear it out.

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