As the dark days of December begin, my exclusive knitting project is my Mingling Daisies shawl.
I know many people think of December as a month of light, and it is in many ways. There are all the lights of the decorations and candles. These are used for many to signify the light that came into the world by the incarnation of Christ as a baby. I believe that, but still to me it is also a month of darkness. As the days grow ever shorter the light gets less and less until that day when we reach the shortest day of the calendar, The Winter Solstice. I do look forward to that day, because it is at that point that it only gets better, right? The days begin the shift to lengthening and it feels so much less oppressive to me that there will be a reversal of the darkness. I no longer put up a Christmas tree, since all the children but one are grown, but we do string up lights. I like the lights as a reminder that the darkness won’t overcome in the end.
But, I digress. The knitting update on my current work in progress is the focus of my post, so let’s get on to that, shall we?
It has been awhile since I have shared anything about this shawl. So, to recap, it is a Stephen West design and I am knitting it with my Classic Merino Bamboo in the Sea Coral color. I hope that two skeins will be enough to complete it. I haven’t weighed the one I am working from, but it looks like more than half of it remains. I currently have about 270 or so stitches on the needles. The final stitch count is 601 and 2 stitches are added on every row. That means that I am close to the halfway point. So, we will see.
It is a relaxing but not boring project. I would recommend it to advanced beginning knitters and experienced knitters alike. There’s something for everyone here. Actually, I think I will close this post for now, brew a cup of tea and get a bit of knitting done on this gray, dreary December day. Happy knitting!