I keep meaning to write more about my fiber finds in Catalonia and the Pyrenees but just couldn’t put the Swallowtail Shawl down long enough to get anything done. It was started on the plane trip back and I just finished it last night. Besides the nupps (which I would call knitting speed bumps) it’s a really quick knit.
Last week I meet Evelyn (the designer) at a local knitting group and asked her my burning question about this pattern. Why does it suggest placing a safety pin on the wrong side? She said that when the pin serves as a reminder that the last two stitches need to be knitted (not purled) to maintain the garter stitch border.
Finally, an excellent opportunity to use the dressing wires that I purchased this summer while attending the NWRSA conference.
It was easy to slide the wire into the yarn-over holes on the edges but figuring out how to keep the shawl spread out was a bit tricky. The best solution was to clamp the wires to my bookcase which happens to be the same width.
By the way, I couldn’t resist getting one of those shawl pins made by Romi.
So, now it’s back to finishing those darn buttonholes on Firebirds. I promise.