Shawl #10 had very definite ideas about what it wanted to be. 5 different patterns were frogged before the yarn and I had a long, hard talk about what exactly it was looking for in a pattern before we agreed on the Traveling Woman shawl. I didn’t think it’d take that long to knit, but it became the Shawl That Wouldn’t Finish. But it did. Eventually. After I chanced my arm with one chart repeat too many and ended up frogging back to the (thoughtfully placed) lifeline after repeat #4. And she was modded, yes, but the mods work.
Oh. She is pretty. So very, very pretty. And cotton. I used Wolle’s Cotton for my Susan Pandorf Taize scarf, and I loved it:
But this… this pattern and yarn were a match made in heaven. Look at this!
And it hangs so nicely. Sigh.
Now. I’ve named her Tar Miriel (rav link). She’ll be the last Tolkien-named FO for a while, I think, but the name suits the shawl. Tar Miriel was the last queen of Numenor in Tolkien’s story the Akallabeth (his Atlantis story). She was the innocent wife of a ruthless king and when the island was sinking, she ran up the side of the sacred mountain to pray before the waves washed over her, taking her pearls and turning them to seafoam. Much like the silver on the edge of the scarf. Possibly my favourite story in the silmarillion cycle. And just as apt for the ending of the 10 Shawls in 2010 challenge.
Which leads me to the challenge of 2011. Socks. s62011 and my own 6 to be exact. So here they are.
You see there “a special kind of hell” from the Firefly yarn club; “Espresso”, “Scotty’s Sunflower”, and “Eat your greens” from Needlefood; and “Sacred Forest” and “Count Sockular” from the fantastic Knitabulous.
The first pattern is printed, and I can’t wait to get started.
Mind you, when I was gallivanting around the South Island with Gidgetknits and The Ram they call Jayne, hunting
Ninja Sheep (I am now the proud owner of one, caught and fastened to a ring, which is being worn), I discovered the best way to cure Second Sock Syndrome is to alternate between sock patterns. So here are the alternating sock patterns I’m (bravely) considering knitting along side my 6…
I may need to buy some more footwear to show off my lovely socks…
On the bibliophile front. I’m proud to show off my reading pile for the foreseeable future. Nice to be able to ease myself back into some of the classics before rushing headlong into the dizzying maelstrom of literature out there. Mwahahahahaha.
I’ll have a 2010 in review up tomorrow. But I will leave you with more awesomeness from Christmas… I have a TARDIS.