It turns out I only needed 10 yards to actually finish the shawl. But there was no way I could have eeked out the edging without the 10 yards. I blocked it…And I was happy — very happy. I loved the yarn, I loved the shawl, I loved how it looked and felt on me.
It was a simple knit. I thought I’d publish it.
When I write a pattern for a sweater, I sit down and actually work everything out before I start to knit. With the shawl, it was just a sketchy outline with notes and hand-drawn diagrams, mostly done as I went along. I should have known. I wrote up the pattern, charted it and sent it off to 8 lovely women from Ravelry who agreed to test it for me — 4 with the written directions and 4 with the charted directions. I felt good. I felt like all would go well.
There were a million issues for such a small piece of knitting. Mostly all my fault. I revised, rewrote, recharted. I spent time at 5 in the morning. My husband got involved when I was at work and my computer was at home and a tester needed something before I got home. In short, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t going well. But these testers picked up EVERYTHING. By the time I sent it out the the tech editor, it was nearly perfect.
In this cloud, there was a silver lining. The pattern was so well-tested that I’m confident that when I release it this Monday, it will be fantastic.
So a special thank you to my testers: Ingela, Jess, Rose, Viki, Paula, Maria, Corinne and Louise. You are my knitting angels!