Making progress on my Evening Sky shawl … 

Making progress on my Evening Sky shawl (Dusk Pattern from the book The Fine Line by Grace Anna Farrow).  There are a couple of errors in the chart printed in the book.  I have relayed them to Grace Anna and she is formatting a new chart, so if you start this shawl, by the time you get to the charted portion, make sure that you have the correct print-out.

I chose all of the colors shown in the book, but I have also purchased a wonderful deep purple, and think that I am going to use that at the end of the shawl instead of reverting to the medium grey.  Here is how the colors look together as skeins:

As to be expected, progress is slow when you are at about 1,000 stitches/row.  I hope that I can make this work with a 48″ circular needle (size 4), as I do not know how to do the Magic Loop technique and use 2 needles.  I have some room, but a bit of stitches to add on yet.  I plan on making the 52″ square version, the largest.   On Sunday, after we dropped my son off at his room-mates house to get a ride back to school, my husband was saying that there was a yarn shop near there that we had been to before.  I couldn’t figure out what he was talking about, but he was right, we were about 15 miles north of Geneva, and while he was referring to The Fine Line, I asked if we could stop by Wool & Company.  I wanted to get some 48″ needles, and that lovely purple you see here had been calling to me.  So, great guy that he is, off we went.  I found only one brand of size 4 48″ circulars (addi NATURA), and bought those.  I had been coveting getting a pair of Lantern Moons.   I checked to make sure that they matched the gauge, but when I got home and started to use them, found that the joins were awful.  One of them was as wide as my fingernail, and naturally the yarn was getting stuck.  I turned them around, and they were a tad better (this is very fine yarn).  So, I emailed Skacel, and told them about my problem (the store I bought them at is 50 miles from my house, so returning them there is not an option).  They were very nice, and offered to replace them, the caveat being as soon as I send them to their office, naturally.   So, I am hobbling along with these defective needles, until the Lantern Moon’s that I ordered arrive, and I can send these back.  I will have 2 pair of 48″, maybe I will gift the replacements. It is not really an option to put 1,000 lace stitches on a holder, and I tried in vain to borrow a pair for a week or so.

Love the progress so far…