I started the Birch shawl, from Rowan #34. I cast on 272 stitches last night before bed, before I just plain gave up for the evening. I started the thing on an ebony circular needle: bad mistake. Don’t try to knit fine lace-weight yarn the color of old bordeaux on a black needle. Switched to my Denise needles, and things went better.
I finished the rest of the 299 cast on stitches this morning after a couple of cups of industrial-strength coffee. Then I counted, and re-counted, and counted again. This hairy stuff just does not rip out; I did not want to get to the end of the first row and realize that I was a few stitches off. Here is the thing after casting on; it looks like a hairy caterpillar.
And after a couple of rows:
It doesn’t look like much yet, does it?
I’m counting on suggestions by Ann of Mason-Dixon Knitting, posted on her blog after she completed this last fall. She has a link to a nice chart as well that should make this a bit easier. This is definitely not going to be the kind of project you do while engrossed in an interesting movie. Or while drinking large quantities of alcohol. Though it might drive me to drink; on that note I will leave you with the Drink of the Week recipe.
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Shake in a cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass.
As always, enjoy in moderation!