(Here's a soundtrack to accompany today's post.)
(Yeah. I know you're already humming it. But click and watch. It's vintage Fleetwood Mac. 1977. And it is kind of awesome.)
Arrows is finished.
And I really, really love it!
First, I just loved the concept of the design when I first heard about it. Woman Must Make Her Own Arrows. Not a mystery . . . but an adventure! Second, I loved digging through my yarn stash and choosing colors that would work together. (I had this funny notion that I'd use up a lot of stash-yarn. But, nope! I still have PLENTY left. . . ) Seriously, I pondered the colors for a couple of weeks before I even started! Next, I loved the knitting. Pretty basic and simple (although you do need to count and keep track of rows) (a challenge all by itself, for me at least), but soothing and relaxing and always interesting.
But what I loved best was the deciding HOW, exactly, I wanted to make my own arrows!
I loved the . . . unfolding. The process. The making-it-up-as-I-went-along.
It was powerful.
Like I was the boss of my own knitting!
Everything's waiting for you.
Go your own way!
Click here for Ravelry details.
I want to thank all of you for weighing in and sharing your thoughts about my Border/Not Border decision. In the end - as you can see - I opted for . . . Not Border. After blocking, it just didn't seem to need one, structurally. And the edges are naturally quite nice, thanks to a slipped stitch at the beginning of every row. And - probably most importantly - I decided Not Border because the lines of the shawl are already very strong -- and a border would actually pull the focus from those already-strong, directional lines of the shawl itself.
So. Not Border.
And also Not Tassel.
I did make some lovely beaded tassels. They looked so cool and I thought I'd love them. But I didn't. It took only 5 minutes of wearing the shawl-with-tassels before I cut them off. I guess I'm not a tassel person after all. (Kind of like I'm not a pom-pom person. . .)