Twenty days! Twenty days to knit and complete the centre square of this wonderful shawl. I think that's pretty good going, especially with such fine yarn and such tiny diameter needles. There are nine repeats of the pattern and it was simple to knit, though it looks delightfully lacy and intricate. I don't think there are any glaring mistakes and I didn't use a lifeline, so I'm pleased it all worked out so beautifully. I am itching to get to the end and block this shawl, just to marvel at it's fineness and appreciate it properly.
Below is a photo of me picking up the stitches for the border. The green cotton yarn is the crocheted cast on, and you can see how easy it is to unzip the cotton and pick up the stitches from the cast on edge with very little trouble. I adore this method, it's so simple and effective and leaves you with a lovely stretchy edge with no visible line.
I have 14 rows of the borders knit already, I am knitting them in the round, so I am purling every other row. I don't find this troublesome at all, if anything it has made me a better knitter, makes me feel a little 'ambidextrous' as if I could knit both ways!
I have pinned it out as is, just so you can see my progress. The shawl is so tiny still, all fluffed up into a ethereal ball, even though there are over 700 stitches per row at this stage. That number is only going to GROW!
I'm very pleased with progress and with how it all looks, the pattern so far, is working well and I can't wait to get to the next stage! Finishing the borders! I will have plenty of photo's when that happens.