Monday, July 24, 2006


OK, I was going to try to write this entry in rhyme to match Peter Yarrow's wonderful song, but I only got the first line written before my creative juices failed me.

Knit one candle out of peacock alpaca,
and beautiful silk spun very fine.

I tried to go on, but I couldn't find anything appropriate to match up with "canned ass", "f***ing yarn overs", and "three-thousandth dropped stitch".

BUT IT IS DONE! And it is blocked! And it is such a fealing of accomplishment, I can't even begin to describe it! (Three sentences -- three exclaimation points! Oh, dear! I need a tranq!)

I first thought learning to knit lace would be the hard part. Then I though blocking would be the hardest. Now I realize the most difficult part of the process...waiting until Chanukah to give it to its intended recipient!

I blocked it within an inch of its life, and I still was not able to get the shape of each candle perfect, but I think it is as close as one might expect for first lace. (You never forget your first time, do you?)

Thank you everyone for all of your encouragement, advise, spankings, and diversions. I couldn't have done it without you!


Sarah said...

Looks great!

I really do love that color.

Elisabeth said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful!

MarQ1 said...

Remarkably even. Bravo. And Beautiful. I love how organic the pattern is to that yarn.

Rachel said...

Beautiful! Kol Haka'vod and if you don't know what this means go find yourself a dictionary :)

And I almost forgot, don't you know that Rosh ha'shanah and especially Yom Kipur are much more important than Chanukah? and what is important in your case, much closer?!? Adopting the Israeli way (many of us there exchange presents in Rosh ha'shanah and Pesach) will cut a good few months from that hardest part of yours.
I bet you like this idea of mine, no?

Aidan said...

Ken, ken, ken! Thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities, Rachel. I think I'm going to go shopping for a new minhag today!

It's especially appropriate since our families always spend Rosh Hashannah and Pesach together. OK -- and Purim, Chanukah, Simchat Torah, Shavuot, Lag B'Omer, etc. We generally don't get together for Tisha B'Av. But that is understandable.

I have a brother who is a fairly observant Catholic, and he doesn't give presents at Christmas. If he sees something during the year that he thinks someone would enjoy, he gives it right away. He believes generosity and thoughtfulness aren't things to be delayed. I think I'll TRY for Rosh Hashannah, but I might not actually be able to wait that long!

mc78 said...

Wow. I hope that I get to see this piece live and in person before the fated holiday. Looks like perfection to my undiscerning eye.

Dee said...

That is stunning!

Rachel said...

I agree with your brother about this one Aidan! I love giving presents and do it whenever I have an opportunity so I am all for giving it right away and enjoying it tremendously.

Yesterday I was not brave enough to offer this best option and as you mentioned chanukah the coming Rosh Hashanah popped into my mind right away.

Have fun giving this work of art to the lucky recipient!

Another benefit of giving it right away is that you will have an excuse to knit this lucky person at least two more items in the near future, one for the coming Rosh Hashanah and the other for Chanukah, and this by itself is an excellent reason to give it NOW :)

Oh and by the looks of it, your Hebrew is better than you admit

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Love the work you did. And do you really have to wait for a major holiday to give a gift? I always think that presents out of the blue are the *BEST* kind to get.

Sneaksleep said...

What gorgeous deliciousness! I totally know what you mean about hating to wait to give it as a gift. One is so proud of one's accomplishment, but it must remain a secret for so long! Anyway, thanks for sharing the beauty with us.

Teresa said...

Your Candle Flame Shawl is beautiful!

I found your blog whist Google-ing Knitpicks Rectangular Cover Shawl...I just cast on for it last night. I'm on row two of the chart and I think there's a mistake there, so I was looking to see if anyone else had blogged about that.

I'd love to know if you've recieved your pattern and yarn yet - and to know if I'm screwed up or they are.

Aidan said...

I don't think you've screwed up. Where the pattern/chart calls for SKP, it should be "Slip One, K2tog, Pass Slip Stitch Over]. So it should decrease 2 stitches. Hope this helps.

Angela said...

Aidan, it is lovely! The recipient will be so pleased--whenever you give it!