So. It's 34° outside, 28° inside and I've just finished making a shawl. A lovely 100% merino wool shawl at that. I can hardly bear to hold it, let alone wrap it around my shoulders but here it is - all washed and blocked.
This is the March design from Rockin' Sock Club. Yup, I've had this since the end of March and if I had actually started it in March I could have worn it when it was still a little cool out. But for one reason or another I didn't start - probably because I was digging a garden. Anyway, the leaf motif around the edge is gorgeous - I can see this pattern being reused for something later on.
A word about patterns. Like many people, I prefer to use charts to work lace. I find it easier to follow than the written instructions. However, I have learned that it is always worth reading the written instructions as well. In this case, the chart icon for all the wrong side rows was a blank square. They key indicated that blank squares were knit. Not, knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side (which is what I was expecting to see). Just knit. So I knit them. The leaf pattern (a 15 row pattern) was to be repeated 59 times. So I knit this leaf 59 times. Plus one slightly different leaf at the beginning and one slightly different leaf at the end. And on the very.last.row of my very.last.leaf there was a new icon. This icon said to purl two together. Except I was knitting.
As it turns out, if I had read the written instructions, I would have known that all the wrong side rows were to be purled. Just like I expected them to be.
The moral of the story. If it looks wrong, it probably is. And read ALL the instructions through before you start.