Though this is a longtime member of the flock, I'm afraid he's a sheep with no name! I am simply calling him "Small Sheep" in the gallery. There are, of course, more pictures of this project in the October 2007 gallery.
This project has been in the works for a while. I've wanted to do this shawl ever since I saw it in Cheryl Oberle's "Folk Shawls", and I know I cast it on eons ago, but when exactly? I'm not sure. At any rate, it only picked up speed once I'd taken a break from the Mystery Stole, which languished and languished and languished, but I finally blocked the sucker on the 24th.
For a while there, I really thought the (Not) Black Shawl was going to be on my needles forever. It starts from the center and spirals out, so you're knitting progressively more and more stitches until your head threatens to explode. Luckily, mine never did. Whew!
I used a number of needles on this project. I started out on DPNs, then moved to 3.75mm Addi Turbos, then changed to 3.75mm Addi Turbo Lace needles, then finally ended up on KnitPicks Options 3.75mm needles, and stayed there, switching out the cable and eventually ending up on a 47". Of these, I have to say that the Options were my favorites. I'm liking them even better than the Addis right now, and that's saying something.
I'd originally wanted to use the Rose Garden colorway because I'd tried it out before on a Pi Shawl and found the spirals of variegated color really endearing. Unfortunately, I really don't like the way it came out on a square shawl. The spiral effect makes for an optical illusion that makes my nice square look kind of crooked. I'm sure most people won't even notice, but it makes me a little batty. This, too, will not be the shawl I keep, and if I make it again, I'll be making it in a solid color.
What else is on needles? Well, a pair of socks that's languishing, and a potential blanket project in which I'll be knitting squares. Apart from that, though, my thirst for lace has not yet given up:
It's the Flower Basket Shawl from this post, modeled this time by Zodiac Sheep. Zodiac Sheep is a little Ty sheep that's meant to represent Aries the Ram, and the year of the ram and such. However, being by Ty, it is not threatening, but rather fluffy, made of pastel colors, with a little bit of glitter. He's a diva ram, that's for sure. I love him. :D
As you can see, it's grown a bit since the last time. I think I had three chart repeats done that time; now I have eight and am working on the 9th. I just wish I could commit the pattern to memory; it doesn't seem to be sticking so far. It's short — ten rows, five of which are plain purl; 10-st repeat — but that doesn't seem to be helping me just yet. In any event, I'm enjoying this pattern a lot more than I expected to! The only catch is that I don't know how long my yarn will hold out. I have just two balls of this stuff, and while I've barely made a dent in the first, a full-size shawl will take an awful lot more than 8 repeats, and since this is one of those patterns that gets bigger every row, I won't be able to count my repeats at the end of the first ball and say "Okay, X number of repeats minus one for the edging." I'll probably just start adding a lifeline every repeat when I hit the second ball — with the Options needles (and that little hole for the key), that should be easy enough. Tip of the needles to Ginger, who passed that idea along to me. :)