This project turned out so pretty and I love it but I didn’t love it for a while. In fact, several times I thought about giving up. For Camp Loopy, we had to start on July 27 and be finished by August 27. I started right on July 27 but messed up and had to start over three times. I put it aside for several days and then about the time I got committed to really getting it done, Adalina was born and my heart wasn’t in knitting . . I just wanted to get to MO to see her.
When I went to MO for a week, I thought about taking this project but with all the counting and instructions, I figured I needed something more mindless and even messed up that simple project.
Then when I got home from MO on August 21, I had less than a week to finish this project and I wasn’t even halfway done. As the project progresses, it gets larger and each row takes longer to complete. Twice during that week, I convinced myself to give up. You get one skein of yarn, as well as double shopper points, for completing the project but I decided it just wasn’t worth it. I couldn’t finish . . no way! Then I told myself that I am NOT a quitter and I decided to finish but promised myself I would not do Camp Loopy again next year. I would announce on the blog that I was never doing it again and then you all would say “You lied!” when I signed up to do it again next year.
At 1:30 a.m. today, the last day to finish the project, as I was blocking this shawl, I said “Yes! I am doing Camp Loopy next year. I learned a lot. I made two things I probably never would have made had it not been for Camp Loopy!” What I will not do next year during Camp Loopy:
- Get interested in a series book that I cannot put down. I read three of the four books in the series during the month when I should have been knitting.
- Have a grandbaby in the middle of when I should be knitting (Hear that Chad and Nicole?).
- Buy and roast 50 pounds of Hatch chili peppers on the day before the deadline for the project. I should have been knitting furiously when I was out roasting peppers.
The project is Shaw’s Cove Shawl and it’s a very well written pattern and it was quite easy once I got the hang of it.
About 1:00 a.m. last night, I finished knitting.
Before crawling into bed, I blocked it.
This morning, I couldn’t figure out where to get a decent picture so I draped it over the outside fan!
And then I hung it over the back of a chair.
It’s beautiful, I love it, I’m glad I did Camp Loopy but I’m tired and I’m sleepy and I still have 50 pounds of peppers to get skinned, seeds removed and canned. No knitting for a few days!