Months ago (no seriously, I know because it was a the beginning of the Seasons of Lace SUMMER Season, and that just ended, and we're firing up for fall.) I started a project that, pre-Shadow-meddling, would have been a shawl called Emily Dickinson. I had been working in lovely silk (and I do still think that the yarn was perfect -- but I woudln't have had enough to make it a size I'd like). I realized that I really wanted a bigger shawl.
And while I was at it, I wanted something without the dreaded Triangular Shawl butt point.
I cast on again -- almost double the size of the original. Kieran's shawl has 545 stitches in the cast on. Mine has 1058. His shawl had two sections to form a triangle - pretty standard stuff; I'm doing a new thing, with three sections to form ... a different shawl with a different shape.
That's one thousand fifty eight. Even though the needle is happy to hold them all, they are a bit snug.
And no, I did not either smash them all together just to make it look like that. The whole needle-full looks like that.
Sheesh. You think I was kidding about the number of stitches?
Luckily, the first several rows are just a mass of decreases and beads.
and yes, there are two different colored beads on there. They are proving to me that beads have dye-lots, whether the vendors think so or not. They're close... but not exact. I plan to just mix the two containers and put them on randomly when I get to the next beaded section. That's me pretending as hard as I can that I will not actually have to order more beads to finish this shawl. After all, it's supposed to be a break from the hard stuff.
I've now moved on to the dozen lace rows.....
Who wants to take a wager on how much more lace I'll add before the shawl is finished?