The Endless Bind-Off.

I was felled by some sort of hell-plague this weekend, so I mostly stayed in bed and read archives of the Yarn Harlot. (I re-read her every once in a while. As one of my blogger friends says, it’s like reading a good book over and over.) While this meant that I achieved little in the way of life stuff, it meant that I got to spend some real quality time with my knitting. (I even did a tiny bit of spinning, but that was limited due to needing to be flat on my butt almost all weekend.)

Have I told you about my lovely handspun Holden Shawlette? I know I showed you the finished yarn back in the day, but I finally decided what it needed to be! It was spun with a shawl in mind, because I wanted to showcase the gradient, and the silk/cashmere/merino was so incredibly soft, particularly since I spun it as a single, that I wanted it around my neck. The Holden Shawlette looked beautiful and not too tough (since I’m a bit new to lace and had never knitted a lace shawl before.) Even though I was about 100 yards short according to the pattern, (270 yards) I planned some modifications in order to make it work. I slogged my way through the stockinette body, but when I got to the lace, it just seemed to zoom by! (this may have been because I get a lot of knitting done when I’m not working or doing errands.) I finished the lace section this weekend, and then it came to the bind-off. (this was on Saturday.)

I’m in the bind-off black hole. I’m not even to the center point, and I’m going insane. The sweet, lovely, charming little picots take an age and a half, and while I know it’s going to be worth it in the end, I’m feeling a bit of hostility towards the little jerks. There’s something about edgings. You feel like they’re taunting you, because you should be DONE ALREADY. It drives me bonkers. On the other hand, they *are* beautifully decorative, and they really add something to the edge of the shawl, so I know I’m just going to suck it up and pander to them. They don’t have to be so smarmy about it though..

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8 Comments

  1. LOVE those colors, and I know what you mean about a technique that takes forever. I’m finishing a pair of cabled socks that are doing NOTHING for me…yet.

  2. gorgeous! the tedious bind-off is the worst, though. i feel your pain :P

  3. needleandspindle

    Looks delicious, the colours are so intense. You were wise to preserve the gradient. Perhaps you can pretend to be Hercules and this is one of your twelve labours. Diverting a river to clean the Augean stables will be nothing to you after this bind off!

  4. Lovely colours!! I hear you about edging, they just taunt you.

  5. Your shawl looks fabulous! Now that you’re a picot cast-off expert you can queue up all those Boo Knits designs!

  6. Picot edgings are a little horrifying…you have to mentally prepare yourself to spend the day with them. The shawl is looking lovely, by the way. Great job with the lace. :)

  7. Oh it looks lovely! I’ve made a Holden myself and yes the picots are tedious but I can assure you that they are SO worth it in the end :) anyway, you have to make the most of that gorgeous handspun, I think it deserves the extra effort ;)

  8. Awesome colors! And I really like the gradient^^ keep on knitting! It´s worth it :D

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