aaaaand thus i backwards loop cast on 362 stitches using the silk lace-weight in pale shades of blues and greens (the hank had no tag with colorway information, so i named it lyra heartstrings. you decide whether that makes me go up or down in your estimation) sent by soxylady as part of the yarnbenders' water element swap.
because a lacey shawl is totally what i should be working on when xmas eve is twenty-one days away (the gift exchange i've been knitting items for is on the eve, not the day. wheeeee...).
this is the annis pattern from a long-ago knitty, a bottom-up crescent shawl with one large lace repeat followed by short row shaping. i've never knit a shawl constructed this way and am looking forward to the prospect of fewer and fewer stitches per row as i progress toward the top. however, at present i'm knitting over 300 stitches per row and replacing the pattern's nupps with beads, meaning that every row takes a very long time. again, totally what i should be working on now.
but damn, it's gonna be pretty.
i'm trying to limit myself to knitting two rows a day (today was a success!) in order to fit in the mandatory two-butterfly-motifs-a-day regime i must follow to finish the flutterby socks on time. and i know that's a manageable goal so long as i don't become overconfident. nobody wants to read one's knitting woes come december 23 when they were faffing around with a impulse-shawl just weeks before the deadline. just gotta focus.