I promised myself I would not get out of bed this morning and start knitting straight away. I know that once I’ve started, it’s very hard to stop and before I know it it’s noon. Here’s my rationale: “If you get up before the 5 am alarm, you can knit for one hour ONE HOUR, then straight to your desk.” I can’t believe I fall for that…time and time again.
I’ll stop flogging myself, just for today, because this project is on my list of goals for the week. I want to get Dark & Stormy off the needles, partly because I’ve capped myself at five active projects and that’s what I have, and partly because I really want to wear it! It was all very neatly rationalized. I set myself up by knitting up all the stitches around the front and neck. I knew I needed ‘pay-attention’ knitting time because of the shawl collar short rows and we all know that the best time for that is first thing in the morning. So I fed Teddy, poured myself a big mug of coffee and started in.
I must say, though I found this pattern a little vague at times, this is the best short row shawl collar ever. It is completely non-threatening, intuitive and easy to follow because it requires no counting and only 2 markers. I worked it while watching the war on CNN and sipping Joe. Easy! And I wound up with a really elegant, deeply ribbed shawl collar that is already quite lush even though the buttonhole/button bands are not yet complete.
Now to find the perfect buttons…