- Project: Lakedale (Lakedale Shawl by Stephen West, Malabrigo Book 3)
- Yarn: Old Maiden Aunt 4-ply Superwash Merino, "Highland Holiday" (magenta) dyed by me last spring at an OMA Workshop
- Yarn: Make.Do Hand-Dyed Yarn, "Virginia" (pink)
- Needle: US 4
- Start to Finish: November 17-December 10, 2011
I wasn't so sure about this one. It sat in a heap on my work table for a few days after finishing while I contemplated whether to frog it all. It seemed kind of small and SUPER ruffly. Yeah. I'm a girl, but never one much for the ruffles.
WARNING: You will not get far without the corrections to the pattern; in fact, you'll get no further than four rows. You may do those same four rows and find yourself confounded on the fifth many times, as did I, before it dawns on you to check errata. Ouch! The published pattern is missing the last four rows of an eight-row repeat; corrections are available on the Ravelry pattern page.
Because it seemed sort of small, and also because I had the yarn, I added a few more pink stripes (without further increases). I also made a more substantial and solid "border" by doing another stripe repeat, but without changing the color.
And, because my heart wasn't really all in, I was a lazy blocker. I smoothed it out (and watched it grow!), put a few pins at the neck edge, and then pulled out and pinned every other point. In the end, I like it... I like it a lot! The zig-zag ruffled edge adds some substance and the shape wraps nicely around the neck.
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As it turns out, the lights on the top of the tree were burned out! Luckily, Rusty remembered seeing an odd string hanging in the basement, so I finished the lighting of the tree last night. Overall, the light situation was much worse than I remembered -- oh, memory, you are a trickster! I consider the piper paid for my laziness over the past few years -- throwing good lights in without dealing with the bad. And we're good. The holidays may proceed. ; )