boring shawl progress

I’ve included the clickety round counter, just to verify my claims that progress has been made.  Because it’s not always easy to tell.

violet progresses

violet progresses

So here we are, round 22 of 54.  Then things will get really exciting … another doubled stitch-count, switching to the contrast color, a whole new chart.  My socks?  Officially knocked off.

I really like the finished shawl — it’s just the right amount of flashy for me, and with this project I was shameless aiming for something that would produce the “ZOMG, you made that?!” gasps of disbelief and wonder at my knitterly skillz  — but part of me wishes I’d stuck with traditional Shetland motifs.  Ah well.  The grass is always greener, etc.  I can tell you this, though: my first real paycheck of the fall is going toward some cobweb-weight yarn.

In the mean time, I’ve been struck by a curious urge: namely, to knit a vest.  Vests are usually not my thing, but this post over at needled led me to this lovely vest … and now visions of colorwork diamonds are dancing in my head.  And vests knit up quickly, right?