A proclamation of astounding joy and happiness I share with you all:
THE LACE HAS NOT DEFEATED ME!
That’s right! After all of the struggle, tears, maddening setbacks and after having cast on at LEAST four times (I kind of lost track), the Summer Blooms Shawl by Susanna IC from Interweave Knits Summer 2012 has become a reality.
After all of the trouble getting through even the first 10 rows of lace (hence the numerous cast ons), it finally came down to my picking the thing up, doing one, maybe two rows (mind you, the lace rows were over 400 stitches), then putting it back down and leaving it until the next wave of courage hit me. Of course, it took quite a while, but I was determined to get through the thing without another mistake. Incidentally, I learned that tinking back with fuzzy alpaca lace is about as difficult as I imagine climbing Mt. Everest would be.
Will I attempt another lace weight project? My Ravelry library is full of them. What can I say? Like with childbirth, it would seem the pain is totally worth it. Besides, I have some lovely 100% silk lace beckoning me from my stash. Now if I can just screw up enough bravery to actually wind it…