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Last week I couldn't muster up much interest in knitting (apart from the little earrings). I knew in the back of my mind that what was stopping me was the mind numbing task of confirming that I had picked up exactly 865 stitches from the Princess edging onto the my needles and knitting the first row of the wide border pattern.
But in order to get knitting I had to count, so counting I did. Now, I don't know about other knitters but counting hundreds of stitches reduces me to jelly. Not because I struggle with the basic flow of numbers - it is just that I get a different answer each and every time I count.
But I did it. I counted (a few times). And counted again. And I eventually decided I had 865 stitches and I started knitting.
I knit 27,680 stitches. (That's 32 rows, but it sounds better in stitches.) I am officially on a knitting spree.
If you squint a little when you look at this picture you can almost see how it will look with a bit of blocking.
And with the nasty counting over I think the Princess and I can finally start to become friends.
(I think I've FINALLY found an advantage to the inside out construction of this shawl - it's a little easier to photograph the pattern while it's on the needles!)
(And no, that doesn't make it worth it.)