Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Bad Week for Viper Pilots

Glenna has done an amazing job creating my current sock pattern. She has given me very clear instructions for cables that will turn out perfect little Vipers like this:

However, the one I made over the last week, looks more like this:

For some reason, I just couldn't focus on these very well. The wings have been clipped, and the sides are all battered. There was clearly some rough flying in this ship's recent past. I'm sorry Glenna. I would take responsibility, but this one must be Starbuck's.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Land of Mochimochi

Anna Hrachovec is a wonderful knitter and a fantastically creative artist. If you are not familiar with her patterns or her blog you should check her out at Mochimochi Land and Ravelry. Her designs are adorable, and her toys are inspiring because she can make anything cute. (She even makes cuddling with bedbugs ok!)

She has been blogging about a big art project for a while now, and now it is here! Opening night for her exhibit was Thursday. I went to visit Mochimochi on Saturday and loved every stitch of it. Here are some pictures of my favorite scenes. (I am completely enamored with the little picnic!)

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed it, so if you are in NYC go check it out. I insist. Her instillation will be up at gallery hanahou until October 29th. If you cannot make it to her quirky little world, check out her new book. It is on my Christmas list!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On The Needles

So now that I'm all up to date on what I've accomplished, I want to show you what I'm working on. I pretty much have two projects really active at a time: the one in my purse and the one on the couch.
In my purse:

These are my me project. This pattern (Rav link) was a gift from knitting friend that I met in Philly. (She's an awesome knitter and she has the best Save the Dates.) I started these in December on the train to Chicago. I understand that December is a long time to be working on a pair of socks, but they went inactive for a long time. I have finally gotten use to the K tbl stitches, and I am now good with the cables. I have turned the heels and I'm close to done with the gusset shaping so it should be much quicker from here on out. I am starting to worry a bit about them being too tight. I don't have a reason to really worry about this, beyond my lingering lack of confidence in sock knitting. Well, that and the fact that every time the idea that they might not fit occurs to me, I'm on the subway and not willing to whip off my shoes. So rather than try them on and settle my mind, I just let myself believe a little more that they won't fit when I'm done.

On my couch:
At home I am working on a Jeanie wrap. The more I work on this project, the more I love it. First of all, the Knit Picks Stroll in the Tonal colors are incredibly beautiful. I love working with it. Beyond the yarn, the pattern is fantastic. When I started the project, I only knew that it involved some dropped stitches. Dropped stitches are always fun but this pattern is also reversible! I was obsessed with the charts for the first few rows, but havi0021 made a comment on Ravelry that helped me figure out that most of each row is a four stitch repeat of Ktbl, P, K, Ptbl. That gave me the freedom to stop staring at my color-coded chart and go back to admiring the beautiful yarn. I am also looking forward to the bid-off for this project because the reversible cable border on each side goes around the entire wrap. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The New Rule

I have create a new knitting rule for myself, and I am going to publish it for the world to see in hopes that the perceived social pressure will help me keep it.

Amanda's New Rule: I will only work on one project for someone else at a time. Or, all projects that I am currently working on except for one must be for me.

I have decided to institute this rule because I don't do nearly enough knitting for me. Admittedly, the definition of knitting for me is kind of broad. The completed project does not have to be for me. Here are some situations where that might come into play. 1) I knit these nine-to-five socks for myself. They turned out great, but really just too small for me so I gave them to a girlfriend who I knew would appreciate some hand knit socks. Under this new rule, I would not be required to rip out a poorly fitting item and reknit it just to make sure that it was for me. 2) The item does not have to be intended for me in the first place. There are quite a few items in my queue that I want to make, but that I won't wear or use. Mainly this falls into a desire to do new techniques. A perfect example is the Sunrise Circle Jacket. I am fascinated by the technique and look of this jacket. Quite simply, I want to make it. I also recognize that it is a shape that would not flatter me at all. I would never wear it, and if I did, I would be uncomfortably self-conscious the entire time. I have a couple girlfriends that it would look adorable on, and hopefully one of them will be interested enough in it that I could give it to them when I am done.

If I can make something for someone else, but it still counts as knitting for me what is knitting for others? I have decided that knitting for others is defined mainly by someone else requesting that I make the item, there is a deadline for completion, or it is being knit in secret. I like when people ask me to knit them things, as long as the deadline is reasonable I don't mind it, and I really like surprises, so knitting is secret doesn't bother me either. However, I look at my queue and it is full of things that I want for me. I haven't finished anything for me that I really wanted since last December so I'm bumping me up the priority list.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What is there to say?

Last night I was out with a girlfriend for our weekly knitting date. We were sitting in the neighborhood working on our projects when a friend of hers walked by. They talked about work, and introductions were made. She made a couple comments about how cute we were sitting out knitting, and asked about our projects. My friend described her blanket plan and then she turned to me. It seemed like a normal enough conversation.

"And what are you making?"
"I'm working on some socks. I've just turned the heel!"
"oh... oh socks mean a lot to me."
"..." Here is where it turned odd, and continued to be speechless.
"A while ago, about 30 years ago, I was a political prisoner and spent every day knitting socks. And here you are knitting socks."

I had no idea where to go from there. What is the proper etiquette when your hobby has reminded someone of their days as a political prisoner?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I *heart* my City

Creative Time presented an art project by Paul Ramírez Jonas called Key to the City. On my birthday, hubby took me to Times Square, and bestowed me with a key that opened locks all over the city. As we researched the project more, we learned that people were leaving notes, cards, and other markers in the places where they unlocked keys. I wanted to interact with this project in a way that showed how much I love the idea and my complete infatuation with NYC. So, (as I'm sure you've guessed by now) I knit up a bunch of little hearts to leave as my calling card. Several of the places ask that you not leave anything behind, so I respected that. The whole project for us was much more about the city then the locks. It was nice to hold a key to some of her secrets, but really we used it as an excuse to explore place we wouldn't think of on our own. The project is over, but I still keep my key on my key chain. I'm really possessive of this city, and I'm not ready to part with a memento that represents that so well.

These are the photos we took around the city as we hunted down and opened up locks. Some of them even show the hearts in places they were left.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Summer Catch-Up

I have had a wonderful summer playing around in my fabulous city. I was having so much fun, that never made time to sit at home and blog, so now I'd like to do a little catching up. I haven't done any major knitting, but there were some cute little projects that I'd like to show off.

Technical Note: for this post I am going to try out a new Ravelry feature and link to my projects so anyone (Rav members or not) can see the details of what I worked on, and skip the Pattern, Yarn, Needle, Notes section of my post.

Cthulhu Bag

A friend of mine picked up a fun little game, and was looking for a nice bag he could keep his dice in.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to make him one. I knit most of this while waiting in line for Shakespeare in the Park. Unfortunately, we never got tickets, but we did get to spend a (couple) beautiful days lounging in the park.

I learned from this project that I need a lot of practice with color work. My gauge tightened right up, and I didn't leave the floating yarn on the wrong side loose enough.

Katy's Cup Sleeves

Blue/Green Pink/Purple
You remember Katy. She is still coveting knit goods, so when she mentioned wanting some coffee cup sleeves, I dedicated a subway ride to knitting just for her.

Piper's Highline

I love The Highline so I've been wanting to make this pattern since the moment I saw it. A friend that Hubby hangs out with had a surgery this summer, so I knew she'd need something to keep that cold hospital chill away. I had to block it one half at a time because I don't really have space in my apartment to spread out a full wrap to dry, but it was worth it. This is a fun quick knit and I will be making it again.

I *heart* My City

You'll just have to wait until my next post to hear more about these.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Knitting in Envy

The whole time I was working on Dean and Katy's wedding gift, a little green monster was growing inside of me. I only have one hand knit dishcloth, and I wanted more. I decided to keep up the momentum I had created with their kitchen set and stock my own kitchen.

Patterns: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting, Lizard Ridge Dishcloth (Rav Link), and Circle Cloth
Yarn: Lion Cotton Yarn in Sunflower and Navy
Needles:US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Notes: Hubby picked out these colors. He swears that he didn't choose them because they were his high school colors. Generally I liked them because they match the beautiful vase we picked up on our honeymoon in Spain, but there were times when I would look down at the knitting in my lap and felt like I was cheering for Michigan.

I made two of every pattern and alternated the color set up. One of the circle dishcloths did not make it into the photos, because I have been loving these so much they haven't all been clean at once. I had bought 4 balls of yarn from the Lion Brand Studio, but all 6 of these cloths came from just one ball of each color.

I didn't make any adjustments or changes to any of the patterns, the only note I have is that, the circle cloths are a bit smaller than the others. They could use an extra column and an extra row, but I would have needed my other two balls of yarn to make that happen.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nedroid Knits

Do you read If you do, than I don't have to introduce you to Reginald and Beartato. If you have no idea who I am talking about, I suggest you go check them out. They are best friends who were introduced to me by a couple of great friends. Both pairs never fail to make me smile.

About two days after I swore off knitting any more secret gifts, a new comic popped up and I realized Beartato is just ball and I could easily make him. Reginald I was a little intimidated by, until I noticed how much he was shaped like Sophie. I was instantly obsessed with making these for my friends, but they are avid twitter users and far more aware of what is on the Internet than I am. If I wanted ti to be a surprise, I had to go back to knitting in secret. Now the secret is out, so I can tell you all about my favorite toys.

Pattern: Sophie by YsoldaTeague
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Hydrangea
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: I made Reginald first because I knew it would be easier to scale Beartato to fit him. I started with Sophie's head an body then I tried to make his arms a bit more wing-like. I made them flat and had them taper out and come to a point at the end rather than the rounded end in the pattern. The legs I made much smaller and gave him some little make shift feet just to close them off.

The beak was the hardest. I had to redo it about three times because I couldn't get the size quite right. I picked up stitches on the face similar to the other pick ups in the pattern, but this was in a triangle with seven stitches on the bottom and five on each side. Then I just decreased every other row until it came to a point. The bottom of the beak was the same except with five stitches on top and three on each side.

I debated for a long time about the eyes. They seemed too big to just embroider or duplicate stitch on. Then I remembered the giraffe from Itty-Bitty Toys. I made two giraffe spots in black and they were the perfect size. Though I must admit, in the comic, you never get to see Reginald straight on. Now that I've made a 3-dimensional version I can see why. When you've got both of Reginald's eyes on you, he is a terrifying bug like creature. I decided to take all of my pictures in profile to be true to his light-hearted nature.

Pattern: Oh Balls! by Marcie Nishioka
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Cocoa held double
Notes: Beartato was much simpler. I did expect him to turn out a little longer in the body than he did, but I still think he looks great. I increased in the Oh Balls! way until I felt it was about right then a did a couple straight rounds. I did the white for the teeth with short rows, did a few more straight round and then decreased until he was done. His ears are similar to the ones I made for the dragon scarf and everything else was embroidered and duplicate stitched on. His arms and legs are just two pieces of string drawn through his body and knotted on the ends. They are 'floating' in there so if he has to do any super high fives, he's got the stretch.

I loved making both of these guys. I may have a bit of design in me after all, but for now I'm happy just working on all the incredible patterns that other people have already written up.

Here's to friends!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I would go on choosing you...

Last year for spring break we had the opportunity to run around NYC like tourists because our friends Dean and Katy came to visit.
They are such a wonderful couple that we knew they would be getting married well over two years ago, but it was on this trip that we started to get real details about when the big day would finally come. Just because the event was inevitable, doesn't mean it would be any less perfect, so Hubby and I started the talking and planning to had back to Arkansas as soon as they left.

Two days after we bought our plane tickets, I got a message from Katy asking me if I would read I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg during the ceremony. I was honored and wildly excited. Prior to her request, I had never heard of I Like You. It is such a sweet and funny book that I am a little sad knowing that I've gone this long without reading it. The back cover claims, "Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet, Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy," and I agree completely. Please go read this book if you haven't already. It will make you smile despite yourself, and it will remind you how great it is to like all those people that you love. Clearly, I am enamored with this book, but I can't help it. It was a perfect tribute to the marriage of such a fun and loving couple.

I really wanted to make something special for Dean and Katy. I had the ambition to make them a blanket, but since this was the year of babies, that plan became more than impractical.
Maybe for their 5th anniversary... or their 10th. Since they are joining together and setting up a new home, I thought it would be appropriate to make them some dishtowels and wash cloths. The girlfriend who came with me to pick out yarn, started talking about why she could never use hand knit dishcloths. She gave me this whole argument about how they are too fancy so she would prefer to just treat them like art. With that in mind, I decided to shoot for simple and durable looking rather than artful and fancy. For simple and usable, I went right to Mason Dixon Knitting.

Pattern: Moss Grid Hand Towel from Mason Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lion Brand Collection Cotton Bamboo in Magnolia and Hyacinth
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notes: I took one pattern repeat out and it was almost perfect for one cloth per ball.

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lion Cotton Yarn in Natural and Periwinkle
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Notes: No pattern changes, but one of these is not like the other. Can you tell which one's special? I'll give you a hint it has blue bricks with a white background. Still don't know? That's ok I don't know which one it is either, but one of them was knit by Hubby. The fact that I can't tell which one it is, just tells you how mad his knittin' skillz are.

Congratulations! We like you because we like you!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Since I finished Owen's blanket in the middle of all that snow excitement, I had a few days before I was going to get it out in the mail. I also had some extra yarn. On an earlier project this winter, I had decided that Comfy might make a good toy yarn. Do you see where this is going?
A bonus for Owen! Before he was born, Owen's parents were keeping his name a surprise so he was "Monkey" to those of us not in the know.
Pattern: Alfonso the Monkey by Cara Key (Rav Link)
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Honey Dew, Creme Brulee and Ivory
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: Let me just start by saying that Cara's pattern is fantastic and completely adorable. I couldn't resist making this money the moment I saw him.
I made one alteration and really it was based in a silly misconception. I thought that I was getting smarter, and the next step for me as a knitter was to start adjusting patterns to make them fit my fit my needs and preferences. So, while I was reading though Cara's pattern I read how the body and belly of the monkey were knit separately, then the monkey was stuffed though the belly and pieces were seamed together. I, of course, thought I was super cool and could skip the seaming. Instead of waiting to seam the two together I picked up the belly piece as I knit up the body by using some SSKs and P2togs. When I got to the neck, I stuffed the body before closing it up. This worked just fine, except my monkey has a pot belly that Cara's doesn't. There's no need to be polite, you can tell he's got a bit of a pooch. I think it is kinda cute on the monkey, but when I make Cara's otter, (Rav Link) I want it to be perfect. I will be extremely obedient with that pattern.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Owen's Blanket: Part 3

The Photo Shoot

I finished the blanket just in time for NYC's last big snow. For the first day of our winter wonderland, Hubby and I went to Prospect Park and met the snowmen. For the second day, we took the blanket to Central Park to see just how many statues we could keep warm.

I think my favorite was the Mad Hatter. Not only was he knee deep in snow and in need of some warmth, but I think the blanket made a dashing cape.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


This morning I downloaded Picasa to help me get ready for my next blog post. So far I haven't really gotten to play with much of it, but I have been excited about tagging all the people in my pictures. It has been pulling up all sorts of faces and asking me who they are, but just a moment ago I got a little surprise.

From Drop Box

Do you see it? Let's get a closer look.

From Pictures

What is Zach Galifinankis doing in my photos?

From Drop Box

Turns out he was in Australia with me. Who can blame him; Australia was awesome.

Owen's Blanket: Part 2


Pattern: Mitered Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Creme Brulee, Honey Dew, and Ivory
Needles: US 5 (3.75 m) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
Notes: I have to admit, I am pretty proud of myself. I seamed up each square and wove in all the ends as I went along with this project. I am so glad that I did because it was daunting to just cut off all of the ends when I finished. These little squares made for great subway knitting, so it knit up relatively quickly.

As far as modifications go, I decreased the number of stripes in each square. The meant that I couldn't carry the yarn up the side, so I had to cut the yarn for each stripe. This of course meant more ends to weave in. It also made it difficult to judge how much yarn I needed. I ended up determining how much yarn was needed per square, what percentage of the square each color made up and calculating the yardage from that. My calculations were far from perfect, but fortunately I have a bit of extra yarn instead of running out.

It is not in these pictures, but I also put an I-cord border on the blanket. It wasn't as fun as the I-cord border on my Op-Art, but I still love the look of it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Owen's Blanket: Part 1

The Plan

When I decide I want to give a hand knit gift to someone, Hubby gets involved in the planning stage. Usually this means helping pick out the pattern or choosing colors. This time he had a much bigger job.

We had a starting point though: colors. I was a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding. When I saw my beautiful mint green dress with golden sash, I just thought about how great it was going to look with my red hair. It wasn't until we were tossing around a football outside the Packer hall of fame in our formal wear that it really sunk in that I was wearing green and gold. Since they had decided to theme their big day with the wedding versions of Packer colors, I decided that this blanket needed the baby version.

So, Hubby and I sat down with Ravelry and looked for some blanket patterns that would work well with two (green and yellow) or three (green, yellow, and white) colors. Our honorable mentions were: Curve of Pursuit, Ribbons Baby Blanket, Carseat Blanket, Baby Shane Blanket, Mirbeau Slip Stitch Baby Blanket, Pathways Blanket (Rav Link), Apple Core Blanket (Rav Link), Amazement and Spinning a Yarn. The winner was Mitered Square Blanket (Rav Link) from Mason Dixon Knitting. It was the beautiful blankets made by ShinKitten (Rav Link) and Fuzzynoddleknits that really inspired our final decision.

We had a pattern and colors picked out; now it was time for the design. The plan was for Hubby to design the blanket, but I wanted to set him up so it would be as easy as possible for him to both create the design and convey the design to me. I made him some little tiles that looked like the squares I could make and asked him to have at it.


We both felt it was too busy, so Hubby decided to do things his way and hopped on the computer. Doing what he does best, he came up with these designs.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Natural Gas or Wool

Mom just shared this great commercial with me. I think it is great idea with superb execution.

A little bit more than it makes me want natural gas, it makes me want to cover my entire world with yarn.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Snow Men

Last weekend we had another snowstorm, but this one came with quite a bit of sunshine. Hubby and I decided to head out Prospect Park to do some amateur snow man judging. Here are our winners!

Most Rockin'
Most Rockin'

Most Animated
Most Animated

Most Through the Looking Glass
Most Through the Looking Glass


Most Architectural
Most Architectrual


Most Colorful
Most Colorful


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tell the people that you love what they mean to you.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dragon's Wear Lipstick

I started this project back in June. The knitting was fun and went by pretty fast, but it wasn't until last weekend that I turned this
Into this
I know that makes it hard to believe me when I say, I don't really mind seaming.
In fact, I kind of like mattress stitch. The reason this was neglected was because of all the little pieces. I do most of my knitting on the subway, and I just didn't want to see an eyeball fall into the tracks. He got set aside until I could find some time at home to focus on him. Then we moved, so he was packed.

Excuses aside, he's been rediscovered and stitched up.
Pattern: Fiery Dragon Scarf by Brook L. Hanna
Knit Picks Essential (now Stroll) Multi in Meadow Multi, Knit Picks Shine Sport in Grass and Leapfrog, and various bits of this and that.
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notes: For the top of the dragon, I knit holding both the Meadow variegated yarn and the Leapfrog at the same time. For the bottom, I alternated between Leapfrog and Grass. I wanted to use the yarn double thick on the top and single on the bottom. In my head this meant that the top would be bigger/fuller and be a bit more substantial than the bottom. In turn, the belly would draw in a bit because it was smaller. It kind of worked, but it also caused a tiny problem.
Being bigger also meant being longer. I kept the row counts of both pieces the same (because that is ideal for mattress stitch), but the top had about an inch more than the bottom. I was still able to put them together, but it is not quite as perfect as I would have like. It is doubtful that the young man this is going to mind. Even I don't mind.

What I do mind is the lips. I think it looks like this dragon is wearing lipstick. It is my own fault. First, I didn't add the felt teeth like the pattern recommended. They probably would have made that seam between the red and the green more elegant, but I just don't have any felt lying around. Second, I probably could have tried another seaming method for putting the mouth in. I used mattress stitch because I like how invisible it is, but something a little more visible might have been less rounded. If that seam was flatter, the mouth would look more inset.

Now that I've aired my complaints and been my own critic, I have to say, I LOVE the nostrils. It is not a sentence I have occasion to use often, but they are my favorite part. They are just so cute!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I *heart* Giraffes!

What is your favorite animal? When I was young enough to be asked that question with some regularity, I always answered with panda bear. It made sense. Kids called me Manda Panda. The stuff with panda bears on it was super cute, and I'm a sucker for cute and cuddly. Then, at some point in college when I was far too old for anyone to ask me what my favorite animal is, I realized I've been wrong all along.

If anyone asked me what my favorite animal is today, I would proudly tell them that I love giraffes. They are absolutely adorable in the animated and stuffed animal versions, and in real life they are just overwhelmingly and endearingly geeky. I've got a soft spot in my heart for geeks and that long neck and those gangly legs just make me want to hug them. But when you see them moving, there is nothing awkward about them; they are amazingly graceful.

So, since the secret knitting continues, I am going to share some giraffe patterns that I have queued.
The Giraffe Illusion Scarf (Rav Link) by Isis Kowarik is so much fun. I love the concept and execution of illusion knitting, but I rarely see something that I want for myself. This scarf is going to be awesome though.

I don't have nearly enough hand knit dishcloths so all three of these will be great to add to my tiny collection. They are: The Giraffe Dishcloth by Lindsay Sasseville, Giraffe Dishcloth by Emily Jagos and Giraffe Dishcloth by Whitney Webster.

And of course there are fantastic giraffe knitted toys!

In order of appearance, but certainly not any special ranking I present to you:
Sock Giraffe by Bobbie Padget, Giraffe (Rav Link) by Susan B. Anderson (I have to get this book!), Jelly Bum Giraffe by Raynor Gellatly and Little Giraffe by Christine Landry.

What is your favorite animal? Has it inspired your crafting at all?

*None of the pattern pictures are mine. They all belong to the pattern designers.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hibiscus Shawl

Pattern: Hibiscus Shawl by Laura Chau (Rav Link)
Knit Picks Gloss Sock Yarn in Bordeaux
Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Notes: I had a lot of trouble with this pattern. I generally like to trust the pattern. Honestly, I don't have the confidence in my knitting prowess or my ability to visualize the instructions as I read them to do much more than have faith that it will all work out in the end. Most of the time (as long as I scour the internet for errata before I begin) this faith has served me well. This project changed all of that.
I really wanted this shawl.
I thought it was cute and it was going to be the perfect use of some yarn that was already in my stash. Most importantly, I work with my back to a large drafty window on the shadow side of my building. I've been wanting a shawl that will stay on my shoulders and warm my back for a long time. So, I was just as eager to cast off this project as I was to cast it on. I was zipping through this project until about half-way though the flower when things just stopped working. The lace on the far side of the flower just wouldn't line up like it was supposed to. I ripped back a few rows and tried it again. Still not right. I ripped out the entire flower and started it over. More frustration. I ended up ripping out the entire project and starting it again. I got a little bit of guidance from Ravelry, but mostly I just made changes as I went along. Here are the edits I made:
Row 74: Decrease extra stitch with RT right after flower
Row 78: Knit 8 instead of 9
Row 88: Knit 24
If you've got a good eye, you can see that there is still a row (maybe 2) that are off in the lace pattern after the flower. By the point I noticed it, I wasn't certain if it was my mistake or the pattern's and I was not patient enough to go back. Despite that minor problem (nobody notices but me) I love my first triangular wrap. No one has come out and told me that I look like an old lady when I wear it, but it wouldn't matter if they did. I never have to fuss with it to keep it on (unlike my Clapotis which has been permanently declared a scarf.) If I turn it around and wrap it around my neck, it is the perfect shape to fill in V opening of my coat and any cold from sneaking in. I'm sold! Have you discovered the joys of a triangular shawl?