Monday, September 10, 2007

Pretentious Modesty

Finishing a big project like this is very exciting, and yet I'm over come with feelings of modesty.

This is the second time I have knit this pattern. The first I did in a pale green wool blend that did not block out properly. I knit it one winter, when I was depressed, and I stopped two repeats short of the entire thing. I wear that shawl, I'm complimented on it and I enjoy it, but I also regret it. I needed to re-knit it with gusto. So I chose vivid red, and I knit it big!


This work was accomplished one stitch at a time. There's nothing special about it. It's just an accumulation of my time. Hours spent watching television with my husband, or sitting on the patio in the shade while occasionally throwing the ball for the dog.

Yet, with out me, this would not be. There was 580 grams of beautiful red Shetland wool. There was a lovely and well designed pattern. But I was the catalyst that brought these two together. I am a creator.

27 comments:

  1. So gorgeous it actually got me to comment. ;)

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  2. That thing is HYOOOOOOGE!

    And you -are- a creator.

    I hope you can take pride this time.

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  3. It really is gorgeous and the red is very visually vibrant and viciously vivacious! Va-va-voom!
    I need to knit that pattern one of these days ;)

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  4. Thanks for granting my wish for model photos! I especially like the way the triangles in the architecture balance the triangle of your shawl in that back view.

    Lovely, lovely work.

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  5. Holy cow, it's beautiful! There should be no modesty involved there. One sec while I steal a picture... =) Be proud!

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  6. It's totally gorgeous, and that red is perfect. You are Knitter; don't be modest! Oh, and it's big. Very big. Well done!

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  7. It is thoroughly fabulous. I hope it makes you happy whenever you wear it. Great job!

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  8. Whoever took the pics did a good creating thing too!

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  9. You should be proud, that thing is GORGEOUS! Yes, I yelled it.

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  10. You should be strutting like a Peacock, Laurie! Your shawl is truly an heirloom.

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  11. Spoken like any artist!!

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  12. Mary Jane8:57 am

    Lovely photos. I think you have a budding photographer in the family.

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  13. That is the essence of the matter, isn't it - "without me, this would not be." You have every right to bask in the glow of accomplishment!

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  14. Gorgeous! It looks wonderful on you, Laurie!

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  15. WOW Laurie! Your shawl(or queen size bedspread)is GORGEOUS! I loved the previous blocking close ups for seeing the beautiful intricate lace pattern too!

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  16. A reflection of its creator-- bright, beautiful, vibrant. Congratulations on finishing something so grand!

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  17. Your creation is beautiful and Red is the perfect color!

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  18. Looks to me like you deserve to be proud of your beautiful creation.

    Love the picture of you peaking round the side of your shawl.

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  19. Is there anything to add that hasn't been said yet? It's huge and could double as a nice lap blanket? You can be very proud of it. Great job.

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  20. WONDERFUL! You are an artist, a survivor, a plougher on and a creator. Not necessarily in that order but all of them and then some.

    You GO girl!

    (I still haven't had the courage even to start this pattern!)

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  21. You should be proud of your work! Congrats again, it's gorgeous and stunning!

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  22. Fabulous! The top photo is my favorite.
    (I love that twinkle in your eye!)

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  23. Amazing! Turned out beautifully.

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  24. Wow. Amazing! Great work!

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