After milling around Balboa Park a bit this afternoon, we got a few shots that came out, but quite a few that really didn't show off the beauty that is SHAWL. Here are a couple of my favorites (well, my favorites that didn't make my bum look totally weird):
To recap: the pattern is called the Adamas Shawl by Miriam Felton (available through KnitPicks). However, please check out Miriam's blog here so you can see her other beautiful patterns and craftiness. Miriam has been very supportive throughout this process and for that - thank you!! The pattern was great for a first attempt at lace because you always found your mistakes quickly, which made them very easy to fix. So, even though SHAWL isn't perfect, you can hardly tell it isn't.
I used under 2 hanks of KnitPicks Shadow in Vineyard. The yarn was great to work with and you can't beat the price. This whole project ran under $10! I think I even have enough left over for a lace scarf or something of a similar size.
As for impressions of the Olympics overall, I had a great time! I think I picked a perfect project for me. It was challenging and if I had let myself get behind, there's no way I could have finished on time. There were a lot of firsts with this project as well - first time using lace weight yarn, first shawl, first lace blocking, and first time using so many gosh darn stitch markers. And I finished just in time. I also learned that I can go 16 days without napping - although that was the first thing I did as soon as I finished knitting yesterday (Jenny was very happy about that by the way).
Thank you everyone for all the well wishes throughout this process. For the Yarn Harlot for thinking this crazy thing up. For Miriam for designing such a great pattern and for being there for me. For my girls for their friendship, support and who helped me stay on track throughout our Stitches weekend. And for the Stitchin Sheep who woke me up yesterday morning so I could finish my knitting on time! Thank you!!
Would I do it again? Hmmm...definitely!