Before I forget, Craftsy has almost of all their knitting class on sale for 50% off. Offer expires Saturday. Check it out!  Remember, even if you purchase a class now, you can watch it anytime down the line (when you have more time, fewer dishes, and more wine.)♦

I would like to thank my mother, for never holding me back, letting me be me, and still wearing (with considerable frequency) one of the very first scarves I ever knit, back in 1997 (think: scratchy turquoise tweed yarn and the seed stitch). I would like to thank my LYS for stocking this skein of lace for under $10, in the most captivating of colors—too affordable and jewel toned to resist. I would like to thank my husband, who patiently watched his fishing show while I muttered and moaned on the sofa, unable to form even one complete sentence that actually made sense. I would like to thank my best knitting friend, who wisely warned me it might roll funny when I proudly announced my Great Plan to cut out two of the four lace repeats to reduce the frill factor as well as the number of decades it might require me to complete this project. I would like to thank my local library for generously providing me with one copy of Sock-Yarn Shawls II by Jen Lucas♦ , from which I arbitrary decided to knit Juniper because I wanted to learn how to do shaping for a short-row, smaller crescent shawl. (It took me under ten minutes to decide on the pattern, possibly a record.) I would NOT like to thank my adventurous, over-confident inner-knitting spirit for thinking it would be reasonably achievable to knit a perfectly lovely sock yarn shawl pattern in lace weight (albeit using larger needles) without losing my mind, planning my own funeral, and causing myself great anxiety thinking of all the other, more sensible*, less difficult**, and fantastically modern pursuits*** I could alternatively have underway. I would also NOT like to thank myself for NOT being a hoarder and instead suffering from some inner compulsion to knit random yarn I spontaneously bought and stuffed into my oddly small stash, heaven forbid it just sit in the hall closet indefinitely.

Oh, you thought I was done my with shawl?


I just spent three nights knitting eight rows, one every thirty minutes or so. That’s 2,792 stitches of lace. Averaging one mistake to haphazardly correct every 36 stitches. Yep. Lots of mistakes despite my extra-cautious snail pace.

I have already decided that if a bunch of stitches slide off the needles and explode into lace oblivion, I am not going to mount a rescue. I will instead burn the whole darn thing in effigy****. I’m not even sure a lifeline could save me now (although if I were smart, I would thread one in about now.)

*Not lace weight.

**Like that skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina DK that is equally in need of use.

***What on earth am I going to do with a lace weight shawl? It seems very Not Me.

****Surely if wool gets hot enough, it WILL burn.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along. I just finished reading Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure♦, which I must admit I couldn’t put down. It actually cut into my knitting time over the weekend, more so than I care to admit. I highly recommend it for anyone who liked watching Alias, Covert Affairs, Nikita... and has survived life with young children.

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  • Reply Tina May 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Oh my goodness, I do love your adventurous spirit and your wonderful sense of humor.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Tina. I am glad someone thinks I am funny. My child does not. I think he thinks I am boring.

  • Reply alovelyhomemadelife May 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

    It’s a gorgeous color, even if it is giving you fits! Lace weight really isn’t my thing, but one of my testers asked to substitute some with my latest design and I’m kind of in love. I’m trying to decide if I’m in love enough to knit one myself now…I am almost to the end of my neverending list of to-do’s, so I see a sliver of free time on the horizon…

    In other news, MadTosh DK is to die for, and I can’t even imagine how much better the Pashmina base is. Swoon! Can’t wait to see what you make with it 🙂

  • Reply alexand knits May 18, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Well, the color is lovely, so I think whatever it ends up being will be lovely, too! I hear you on the lace–I spent several hours yesterday on maybe ten or so rows of lace. Very simple lace, but 230+ stitches’ worth of it is a little nerve wracking!

  • Reply Alina May 18, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Your posts are always so fun to read 🙂 The color of yarn is just stunning!

  • Reply Carmen N May 18, 2016 at 6:48 am

    In reference to your “what am I going to with a lace shawl” question… I made myself a lace shawl last year, wondering when I would ever wear it. But I just couldn’t resist the pattern and the lovely shade of yarn I found. Turns out? I’ve worn it several places! Yes, it’s lacy and “fancy” but it’s a smaller shawl and makes just a beautiful accent piece. I love being able to wear it work!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 23, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Now that it’s in the final stretches, I must admit it is pretty. But I used a big needle, so I can see it snagging very easily. Humph.

  • Reply Sarah May 18, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I was laughing by the time I hit the part about not going back to rescue dropped stitches… I have so been there with LACE! Ugh! “I love airy light lace knitting,” I think, until I get going on it and then…yes, I do believe wool will burn if the temperature is right. 😉 your posts always make me laugh in one way or another!

  • Reply zeta ( May 18, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I feel bad to laugh on your problematic knitting!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise May 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

    you can never ever experience spontaneous combustion while knitting with wool. There is air conditioning!!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Well, maybe I will just tie it to a big rock and huff it into the river…?

      I am actually almost done. Might finish up tonight, depending on the amount of needed sleep I decide on. Fingers crossed. It could also still go dreadfully wrong.

  • Reply Stefanie May 18, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I love this aqua.

  • Reply stephanie young May 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    What a great colour….and compelling pattern. Of course, you wanted to knit it. I do this kind of thing all the time. Love the color…love the yarn…love the pattern….but who am I trying to kid??? I’d never wear the finished object in a million years. So. I knit it anyway. I knew we were kindred spirits.

  • Reply Desiree May 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Good luck with your next project. Lace is the worst in my opinion. I have one lace piece and that is enough! 🙂

  • Reply Cathie J May 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    That yarn is beautiful. I am so sorry that the knitting is giving you trouble. I am not sure that I will every try lace knitting.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      So far, it’s actually going well enough, although I don’t want to jinx myself. The fiercest lions are at the final gates, as they say. Try anything once. Or twice.

  • Reply Kat May 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Girl you know I suck at craft and this still cracked me up. Especially the burning in effigy part. Godspeed with the project!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple May 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    no one tells a story like you do, no one!!!! this post is so sweet, sharing a little bit of everything but mostly sweetness!!! have a happy sunday!!!!

  • Reply NorthCoast Knittery May 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely! <3 Thanks for the shoutout too 😉 It's easy to psych yourself out of wearing lace shawls- but our advice is DO IT! Be proud of your work and rock that baby on your next Target trip! 😉

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