I ran into a few hiccups with my Odessa Shawl that started with such promise. I have to stress that it has nothing to do with the pattern itself which is well written and laid out so that it is (or should be) easy to follow; the problem is entirely mine.
I made the foolish mistake of not counting my stitches at the end of every right side row and when I did finally count (at row 50) I discovered I was six stitches short. Yes, not a minor problem. I had no choice but to rip it back and start again! Frustrating.
But, it's actually worse than that because even to get it to that stage I had to rip it back in the very early stages, a total of three times. Which means that I am now onto my fifth version of this shawl.
On Wednesday night when the fourth rip back occurred, I put it in my basket and said to Robin that I would cast on the next day because I couldn't face it at that time. He looked bewildered and wondered why I was bothering. I told him that I loved the yarn and the project and really wanted that shawl!
After two evenings of patient knitting and counting I am back to where I was on Wednesday night but doesn't it look lovely?
I couldn't be happier with the yarn. The colours are coming out so well. The lace pattern is actually quite easy once you get into the hang of it which I am now.
Yes, I have the right number of stitches so it's full steam ahead. I plan to work on it this evening while watching the Wallabies play the All Blacks. Think I'll need something to distract me!
Have a nice weekend.
Until next time