In case you were wondering

Despite the fact that it is approximately twelve kinds of steaming hot outside (hello, July), I am thinking a lot about starting a bunch of new knitting projects. I am thinking about starting my own Royale (which will be my Rhinebeck sweater this year). I am thinking about designing a fair isle sweater, or perhaps a whole series of gloves. I am thinking about starting a new shawl with that Tanis mulberry silk I got at the beginning of May. I am thinking about starting a new pair of Jaywalkers with more of the Lorna’s Laces sock yarn I have stashed. I am thinking about knitting a cute little cropped summer cardigan to look cute and summery with.

I owe this rich knitting fantasy life to the fact that, instead of starting any of these things, I am trying to finish the things still on the needles before putting any new things on the needles. And this means that instead of fun new socks or awesome new cabled things, I am knitting the edging on the Bridgewater shawl, which is the final step before I block the snot out of it and pray that when it is blocked it really will look shawl-like and not like the pile of greyish string it is starting to resemble in my dulled mind’s eye.


And just in case you were wondering, knitting an edging on a square laceweight shawl takes a freaking long time. 1 corner down, 3 more to go.

Here’s hoping when next we meet I will have this sucker cast off, because I don’t know how much longer I can resist the lure of my stash. Until then…stay cool, my knitting friends. And knitterly.


  1. Stay cool… easier said than done. Summer has definitely hit us full force in Montreal! Your shawl is going to be so worth it in the end. Its so wispy and gorgeous already. Can’t wait to see it blocked.

  2. Glenna, stay cool and try to relax. In South Jersey it is so hot and I’m dog sitting for my son’s two giant Bernese Mt. Dogs who must be soo hot. Just looking at them makes me feel hotter. I am still knitting on my Continuous Cables hoodie. It is slow going because my concentration isn’t as good as it once was. Plus, it’s difficult for me to work on dark colors and the yarn is dark blue. I didn’t think when I ordered it. Happy knitting. Gita

  3. I am on the 3rd side of my blanket takes an insanely long time to do…

    What are you going to knit with the Mulberry Silk. I have 2 balls thanks to your blog report about Tanis..LOL they are in a fuschia colour…deep and really nice. I would like to use most of both of them, but don’t know what to pick…any ideas yet. Maybe I could cast on ahead of spur your edging on?

    I am near Pembroke ON..its blistering hot here too, I don’t see any blankie knitting happening tonight…

  4. I look forward to seeing that shawl finished then to seeing lovely new projects! Take regular ice cream breaks.

  5. VERY Hot here in Boston as well, although I had 2 hours of sitting in an over-airconditioned waiting room at the muffler shop (got one whole sleeve of my aran sweater knitter for the Susan Rainey Square) and was actually relieved to get outside in the sun — the feeling lasted about 30 seconds and then I was missing the A/C. Anyway, having done afghan edging which took FOREVER, I can only begin to imagine how long it must take to do your shawl edging with those tiny needles and string. hang in there, I’m sure it will be stunning in the end.

  6. christine m. east of toronto · ·

    courage mon amie!

  7. This shawl is going to be just incredible. Can’t wait to see it in all its blocked glory! Try to stay cool! We are sweating up a storm here in Arkansas. I think that is why I am driven to knit socks all summer! 🙂

  8. I just popped back to look at the cabled scoop necked sweater you referred to in your post—to refresh my memory. That is drop-dead gorgeous!

    Your shawl will be too. Even though with the weather the way it is, nobody can remember why we would knit shawls–except for the AC. Right, now I remember.

  9. Just the thought of a knitted-on edging makes me break out in a cold sweat! It’s going to look gorgeous when it’s finished.

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