The Travelling Shawl Goes West

Okay, so it’s been too long since I last posted.  I’m afraid that’s going to be the way it is for the next few weeks, as we work our way through college visits and a much-needed family vacation.  I’d like to think that I will find the time to write while I’m on the road, but that never seems to happen.  The iPad — which serves as a mini-laptop when we’re out and about — is a much-coveted asset, so it can be difficult to wrest it from other family members during those all-too-unusual moments when I’m both 1) free and 2) inclined to write, rather than knit.

At any rate, we’ve returned from our short jaunt to the Bay Area, where Son #1 had a chance to visit Stanford and then the NROTC battalion at UC Berkeley.  For those who know me in real life and are wondering whether I won the lottery or some such thing — I didn’t.  My son is hoping to earn an NROTC scholarship, without which an out of state school is insane, from a financial point of view.  Ergo, the need to check out schools to which he may be awarded a scholarship.

We had a terrific time on this quick trip, which afforded me the opportunity to work on the Travelling Shawl, a/k/a the Rosebud Shawl:

This has been coming along much faster since I took GlennaC’s advice and ditched the stitch markers.  I usually live and die by stitch markers and row counters — as a busy mom, I find that I can never tell whether I’m putting my knitting down for 10 minutes or 10 days (yikes!), so it’s helpful to know exactly where I am in my knitting when I do eventually pick it up again.

For the Rosebud Shawl, though, the stitch markers were becoming a hindrance.  They worked great for the first 10 rows of this 20-row rosebud repeat, but for Rows 11-20, you have to jockey the markers this way and that, and it became more of an exercise in stitch marker accounting than knitting.  So, I took a deep breath and took them off the needle.  Result?  The first few rows were a bit unnerving to work on, but then I began reading the knitting even more so than the chart, and things have flowed well ever since.

In other knitting news, I’ve made good progress on the Yarn Harlot’s Encompass cowl, thanks to a few knitting meet-ups and family movie nights.

So far, so good.  I’m about done with the second repeat now.

I’m also coming along on the St. Brigid sweater sleeve:

I’ve got about 1 1/2 repeats to go before I do the sleeve saddle.  About the only thing I regret is doing the sides in stockinette, rather than seed stitch, (it is, after all a “simplified” St. Brigid), but by the time I second-guessed myself, I was pretty far along and not inclined to rip all of that knitting out just to have seed stitch instead of stockinette.  I’m still hoping to have this done for fall, when the weather changes, although I do not plan to take it with me on my travels, which is going to slow my progress.

Next up:  Our Midwest college tour, followed pretty closely by our vacation.  I expect to make good progress on the Rosebud Shawl while we’re out and about.  I’ll try to post what I can, when I can.

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