Triangle Progress

In-progress shots of lace are always so disappointing. But I’m sure enough of you are lace knitters to know that, and thus be able to do a little light imagining…

The Triangle (will somebody name this for me? I am no good at naming things, I fear) has grown to the point of being about 30 inches, unblocked, across the top.

I’m not sure if I have enough beads to complete this as I desire. I’ve also reached the conclusion that these beads are not of particularly high quality, and this means I’ve reached that point in a project where the first real pangs of remorse set in: this was a time-consuming yarn, it’s time-consuming knitting, and I’m putting $3 worth of cheap glass beads on it? What was I thinking? Could I not perhaps have shelled out, oh, $5? What if, when I get this sucker wet to block it, the beads turn into crap?

But I’m committed.

Oh, for a better view of the beads, look here for the mega-fullsize version, Flickr style.

Of course, that’s them in the full sun… and they’re sorta iridescent. So they almost look better here:

In other news, I’m less than 20% done, it would seem; the remaining ball of yarn weighs 3.25 ounces, and the skein weighed 4 ounces. But because of how it’s built up, I do not anticipate that this means the finished shawl will be 12 feet across. I’m guessing more like 6 feet.

This weighing, too, creates project angst and remorse. What was I thinking? If I work on this straight through in all my evening time till August, I’ll have… a massive thing. Maybe my original plan is flawed. Perhaps I should change it (No, Abby, continue with the plan, you know you always do this, continue with the plan!) Maybe I should put it aside for a while (You can’t do that, it’s on your 60″ 2.5mm circular needle and you are NOT to leave that stuck in a UFO!)

Nope. Nope, it’s time to summon up the project faith. It is a good plan, and a good project, and it will work out wonderfully. Keep going.

13 thoughts on “Triangle Progress

  1. Those beads look very familiar. I bet I have some in my stash – let me know if you need more.

    Did the chocolate make it okay?

    -the redhead-

  2. I really like it. Is the stitch pattern mostly the Smiling Triangles pattern? I saw that in a Barbara Walker book once. Anyway, it’s very nice.

  3. The Angst Triangle.

    How about switching to complementary, better quality beads, and doing so in such a way that the two diff beads appear intentional?

  4. It looks lovely. I would take a few beads, make a little swatch, and do some test washing before washing or blocking the shawl. That way, if the beads lose their finish when dunked or steamed or exposed to woolwash, you’ll know what you’re dealing with before it ruins the actual shawl.

  5. The pattern in The Triangle looks to me like the crenellations on a cathedral. Perhaps Cathedral (or something involving the colors of the yarn, like Sunset Cathedral) would be an appropriate name?

  6. Evening Splash Shawl?

    Or a bit more traditional Waving Triangles Shawl?

    Oh, or Beads of Doom shawl? 😉

    I’m drawing a bit of a blank.

  7. Hmmm, a name for The Triangle, how about “Kites A’Flyin” or “Stingray Waltz.” ????? It’s kinda what it looks like to me.

  8. Onward and upward! What about dewdrops for a name, or something like that? The beads reminded me of dew on the leaves.

  9. In Sulafaye’s vein, if you’re a fan of _Watership Down_, you could name it Pipkin. I agree that the beads do look a bit like dewdrops on leaves, and that’s what the name Pipkin meant in that book.

  10. I think you should call it the “RA” shawl (for right angle triangle, but RA sounds much more empowering). It’s fun to say. RA! RA! RA! See what I mean.

    If you don’t like the beads and they are glass, well, if you are careful, you can BREAK them. Get a small hammer, like an upholstery hammer and a little anvil or hard surface and just ping the bead until it cracks enough to come off. Don’t crush it to oblivion or you run the risk of cutting the yarn. Practice on a length of the yarn with some of the beads strung on it to get your technique down. And of course do it in a place wear you don’t mind little bits of glass flying around. Wear safety glasses.

    It’s always nice to know there is an out.

    Jim

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