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Wednesday March 27th 2013

Anna KAL

Anna Shawl in Tosh Merino Light color Happiness

Between teaching 3 10-12 hour days in a row weekly, living with a major house renovation (yes, that’s the floor sander you’re hearing in the background of this post) and sorting the gardens out in time for them to grow and prosper… I joined a KAL.


It’s been a while since I had joined a KAL. OK, it’s been years.

I ran across the #annaKAL on Twitter one day happening over on RidiculousKnits blog and, loving Franklin Habit, decided to give one of his patterns a go. $5 spent and voila!

I dug through my stash for some lovely yarn. I had purchased some Madeline Tosh, Tosh Merino Light at the marketplace while at Squam last year.


Tosh Merino Light
100% superwash merino wool
fingering weight – 420 yards – 384 meters
26-30 sts/4 inches
US 1-2 or 2.25-2.75mm
machine wash in cold water, air dry

What a beautiful and rich color!
What a beautiful and rich color!

I cast on May 18th, and worked my way through the center and border, picked up the stitches and started the border.

Then came the chart.

Some of you may know I design knitwear. I ADORE intarsia and color work. It comes rather easily to me. Not bragging, it just does.

Lace. Lace charts. This darn lace chart. It did NOT come easy to me. I knit the first 3 rows…and suddenly I had too many…and by that I mean WAY too many… stitches. As in — more than 40 extra stitches.

Here I’d like to add that I have injured my hand (stupid pinched nerve from sleeping in the lousy for my back temporary bed available during this renovation). I’d also like to add that I knit the chart at midnight after heading into and out of NYC to teach a 12 hour day. I was surely exhausted. (Excuses excuses!)

I’d also like to add… what? Can I NOT COUNT? 40+ extra stitches???

Frog Pond visited…let's try this again!
Frog Pond visited…let's try this again!

After a week of resting my hand I picked up the shawl last night, journeyed to frog pond (rip it rip it rip it), wound all the yarn from the 4 long rows I ripped out, counted my stitches and gave in to the use of many stitch markers (why I find this a weakness when I need them but not when others do I just don’t know, it’s really stupid.)

I decided to NOT have the glass of wine (which I also had not had the first time around), kept one eye on the movie (Safe House – I enjoyed it) and dove in.


The right number of stitches are there. I felt really stupid because it worked so easily. What the heck did I DO the first time around? **sigh**

To celebrate I poured that glass of wine, turned the lights off (which greatly pleased the Feller who had wanted it dark to watch the movie) and settled in to watch the rest of the film.

So, I’m in the middle of row 3 on the very first repeat of the chart. All stitches accounted for and I’m itching to get back to it later today. I’ll keep you posted!
It really will be such a beautiful shawl in this yarn.

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