But it’s only 750 yards

So two and a half weeks ago I was at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair and returned with a small haul of new yarn. I followed our friend Dee’s lead and cast on for something right away. She, of course, finished her something within, oh, a week or so, and meanwhile I’m still plodding. It’s not the most horrible plodding, per se, I just sort of thought I’d be done by now. It’s my second Forest Canopy Shawl:


The yarn is really quite lovely on the hands, and is just made for shawls – it’s fingering-weight merino hand dyed by Michelle at The Sweet Sheep, in ‘Super Skeins’ (this colour is ‘Depth’) that are long enough that you can get a shawl out of a single one, no stopping to switch to a second or third skein, no weaving in ends in the middle of your lace pattern. Highly brilliant. In fact I might even get another one in a different colour, next time I’m at a local festival.

The only downside of course, is that I’ve knitted at least 15 pattern repeats by now and I still have 100g of wool left and I’m starting to feel like I’ll be knitting this shawl forever. I mean, it’s a fingering weight shawl, shouldn’t this take, like, 2 seconds? It’s 4.5mm needles, not laceweight on 3.25mm or something…

Then Martha pointed out that this is yardage equivalent to two pairs of socks, and I do very rarely finish two pairs of socks that instantaneously. So when you put it that way, I’m doing just fine for time. I can be patient. This has nothing to do with wanting to breeze on through and start another project right away to ease my stash guilt before Rhinebeck. Nope. Nosiree, nothing of that sort. Um.

But in good news, I did finish the first sleeve of the Swing Cardi last night, so I”m on the home stretch with only the second sleeve, neckline, and finishing to go. Just over two weeks to go…

In other news, my next post, according to my blog statistics, will be my 300th. Since I have managed to let two Blog Anniversaries sail right by me (it is in July), I am going to make the 300th post count. I think there shall be some giveaways, it’s about time I did a blog contest! So, stay tuned. And I hope your Thursday is a knit-worth one.


  1. My Thursday will have some frogging in it if I can stand to look at my project again today.

    Yeah, I wouldn’t kick yourself too badly for not being done with a shawl in a week. 750 yards IS like two pairs of socks. That would take me FOUR weeks if I were on a roll (like in summer). So no pressure.

  2. I love the color of that yarn! The forest canopy shawl is addictive. I’m thinking about casting on for my 5th one to use up some more sock yarn.

  3. That color is spectacular!

  4. That’s going to be a beautiful shawl! I love the idea of not having to join in new skeins, esp. with a lace project. I once made the mistake of using Elann Baby Silk for a shawl project — it comes in 100-yd. balls. So many ends…

  5. mmm…that color! It’s gorgeous :o)

  6. Mmmm, I’m all about the colour of that yarn, GORgeous! Yes, 750 yds of yarn does take a bit of time to knit :^)

  7. Ooooooooooooooooooh giveaways and blogivarsaries. Sounds like exciting tiems.

    Well we can’t all be Dee but one way or the other you’ll have TWO Rhinebeck projects done in a couple weeks, yep yep.

  8. great idea to have the ‘mega-skein’ for lace! I’m sure you’ll make it through — shawls that grow in that direction always feel interminable.

  9. That yarn is beautiful! It looks squishably soft. The color is so blue, it makes me want to go swimming!

  10. I love a really long ball of wool. We have Bendigo Mill here that makes 200g balls. I love them. And some dyer make ginormously long lace weight too. It’s an awfully nice colour and when you think of it as four socks it makes sense!!!

  11. Lace always seems to take longer than “regular” knitting for me. Even if it’s not longer, it seems that way.

  12. Thats lovely coloured yarn for the shawl … only a sock and a half worths left to go!

  13. it will end soon—-but maybe not before post 300!

  14. I’m always amazed at the head games skein size can play with my sense of progress on things – and amazed at what as head game knitting can be!

  15. Ooh, the shawl loks lovely! I’m really keen on the subtle varigations….

  16. The color is gorgeous & I love it. The knitting should go fast as you are using 4.5mm. I used 1200 yds of 2 ply lace for my Pi Shawl & it took forever.

  17. I can’t believe how fast you knit. Every time I look at your blog you’ve finished something! You are my inspirations I’m from Poland and I love knitting too, I’m inviting: http://antymalgo.blox.pl/html

  18. ladyoctavia · ·

    That is soo pretty…

    (I’m back from beyond… or where ever I was… but too lazy to go tell you how amazing each and every FO is – but they Rock and so do you!!)

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