Rounding the corner

The corner of the Misty Morning Shawl is cleverly constructed with short-row shaping, much like a sock heel would be:

I dig it :).

The chart had two mistakes; they would have been completely mind-boggling if this was the first part of the shawl to which I set my needles. However, I saw them right away, before I even started knitting: experience and predictability – assume that the designer doesn’t know how to count, and act accordingly.

Do you know what this means, my friends? I’ve rounded the last corner of this obstacle course, literally and figuratively. The last few hundred feet of this race are familiar territory – the stitches have been counted more than once, and I’ll be working the same repeat as before. The mistakes are highlighted on the pattern so they won’t be knitted in, and I cannot foresee any more obstacles. I just have to knit it. Sit down and do it.

I can’t believe I’m almost done.

Pinch me so I know it’s true.


45 thoughts on “Rounding the corner

  1. Gina in NH

    Completely and utterly gorgeous! Your blog is a treasure trove of inspiration to knitters….I look forward to checking it out every day…you’re an inspiration! Can’t wait to see the finished shawl!

  2. Cara

    WOW! This whole thing puts Grumpicue to shame almost. Your perseverance is truly inspiring. I cannot wait to see the finished shawl.

  3. gleek

    it’s really turned out quite beautiful! i hope that you put the designer to shame with your lovely finsihed project. have you thought about what you’ll do with the corrected pattern when it’s all done?

  4. Melissa

    Absolutely gorgeous! At the rate I’ve watched you knit, it’ll be done in a blink of any eye. Cannot wait to see the blocked out version, all finished and beautiful.

  5. maryse

    ok, you need to put that down for a few days and knit something else, because 2/15 is too far away still 😉

    it’s magical looking.

  6. Sarah

    So impressed, as always. I really admire you for sticking with this. I probably would have given up and frogged long ago. No, that’s not true — I never would have attempted this in the first place! Cheers to you for being brave enough and for letting the rest of us live vicariously through you.

  7. knitnana

    Like Sarah, I can’t wait for the errata – not sure I want to attempt this, tho’ I have the pattern…I’m not sure I could garner contentment as you have. BUT…oh…so stunning, maybe, just maybe, I’ll try it myself?

    You deserve many, many (((hugs))) for your perseverance!

  8. Beth S.

    Consider yourself pinched. 🙂 You’ve done an amazing job working out ths kinks of this pattern; you certainly deserve a little clear sailing now!

  9. Sharah

    its so lovely, and its so cool that you stuck it out all this time! I was telling the bf about your troubles and he and I agree, you should write to the publisher with the corrections, and ask for credit and payment!!! 🙂

    Congrats! I have to say, seeing you work through the stuff you do inspires me to do more with the stuff I do. I completed a baby sweater in this last week 🙂 Its simple, but I am proud of it.

  10. Nicole

    Even unblocked it looks awesome. You’re grandma is going to be so proud. On another note, I showed Odessa to my husband and he really liked it (which for him is a little unusual, he’s a picky fashionista) and I may try to make one for myself from some alpaca in my stash. Soft and pretty!

  11. Margot


    That corner construction is so smooth. You must have been dreading it after all that designer has put you through. What a nice surprise that it was easy.

    Teh shawl is so lovely. Your grandma will be thrilled.

  12. Manise

    As far as I’m concerned, you’ve already competed in the Olympics and won on many fronts!

    Spectacular! Can’t wait to see you model it!

  13. mari

    Yay! I’m so excited for you. And it’s amazing how you’ve stuck with it and created something beautiful. Your grandmother will adore it!

  14. Annie

    It’s beautiful, gorgeous, but SLOW DOWN!! I really have a chance to win the contest if you just slow down! Seriously…you really are amazing! It really is lovely! (But really, slow down!)

  15. KarenK

    Hooray for you! You’re creating a masterpiece, and deserve credit for what you’ve done. I had bought the pattern just before you started knitting it, so was dismayed at the errors you were finding. I wrote to the pattern distributor and got an apologetic reply, and the designer also sent me a reply, saying: “…the pattern gremlins seem to find a way to get into every pattern, particularly those with lots of charts. There are a couple of errors and some typo’s in the chart…”) !!! and she also promised an errata sheet with corrections “next week” — which was over three weeks ago, of course. Hmmmm…..

  16. Heather

    Wow, I can’t believe you’re almost done. It is really beautiful! I can’t believe you actually stuck with it, I would have given up long ago.

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