The knitting is very straightforward, which did not stop me from starting over twice. Once due to gauge issues: US9/5.5mm needles seemed to produce a too dense fabric and I worried that the result would be too small (hah!); once due to a missed yarn over mishap. Minor errors and tension problems sorted, though, it was smooth sailing. Although the long rows towards the end were daunting, the pattern itself couldn’t have been simpler or more enjoyable to knit.
I opted for the large size on size US10/6.0mm needles, which when coupled with almost exactly two skeins sock yarn (Noro Silk Garden), produced a nice airy fabric and a huge shawl. Just how huge? About 80″ across the top and 27″ deep. The stockinette portion seemed quite modest, but as soon as the lace charts kicked in the dimensions were majestic.
By the time it was blocked, I was afraid I might have just made a shawl that was much too large to actually be worn. Despite certain misgivings — for instance, that someone might think my chest had been the vicitim of a wool explosion or that I suffered from knitwear elephantitis — I wrapped it round (and round) and wore it anyway. Now I quite like the giagantic beast. It’s kind of a lace version of a Doctor Who scarf. I’m working on another one in green.