I’ve been working on the Clementine Shawlette for about six months now. I knew that a dear friend was going to retire in January 2009, so I thought I’d better start early. The knitting went quickly enough, but when I got close to finishing the two halves, I stopped. Just the idea of kitchenering 69 stitches had me frozen in fear.
Well, now we’re here in 2009. My friend has already retired, and the retirement party is next weekend. I wanted to have it washed and blocked in time to show it off to the ladies at knitting, so I finally forced myself to do it.
Out of the big 150g skein of Wollmeise that I started with, I had 18g left over after the knitting. I suppose I could have done a couple more repeats, but I didn’t want to make it too long. (The intended recipient is petite anyway, and she’s lost about 10 pounds since she retired.)
This afternoon I told Mr. Grump and Little Grump to please, please, please not disturb me and locked myself in my bedroom for some one-on-one time with the project. Armed with my trusty iPod, some instructions from Knitting Daily and TECHknitting, DPNs, and a few extra supplies, I sat on my bed, turned on some music (David Arkenstone, if you must know), and got to work.
I don’t think I breathed much during the entire time I worked! I kept repeating the mantra… over and over. Instead of getting more and more relaxed (like a normal person would, I got more and more nervous. Certainly I’d screw it up… With about 12 stitches to go, I almost couldn’t remember the mantra because a louder voice was screaming, “You’re almost there! DON’T MESS UP!”
Am I the only person who has that problem? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just that I want this project to be really special for the recipient. She’s an awesome lady who has had more than her fair share of crap dealt her way. I want her to have something nice.
But now it’s done. I wish I’d done a few rows of stockinette at the end of the two sections before I grafted them, but oh well… At least the Kitchener doesn’t look like complete crap. And I didn’t lose any stitches.
I now only need to weave in some ends, wash, and block. After dinner, probably. I want it to dry tonight and tomorrow so that I can show it off at knitting!