Monday, July 14, 2014


You were probably expecting a post yesterday.

So was I.

I was determined to get the collar of Lestrange off the needles and on the blocking board  and follow it up by penning a triumphant blog post.

I had just 14 rows left - and despite the fact that the rows were over 600 stitches long, four of those rows were simple purl-back rows. How long could it take?

Famous last words....

I plunked myself down on the couch at 11 a.m., and gave myself what I thought was a generous estimate - I'd be casting off by 5 p.m, blogging with blocking pictures by 6 p.m.

5 p.m. came and went. Then 6 p.m. By 7 p.m. I badly needed a break for a some dinner and a hot bath, but I was back at it by 8 p.m.

Dave rolled in from work around 9:30 and I was still working away. I stopped to make us a pot of tea and a bedtime snack, but got right back to it. By the time 11:15 pm hit, I was finally beginning the cast off.

And a full hour later
Yep - that pile of complexly knotted string is the Lestrange collar.  It's going to take at least half an hour to get her laid out and pinned, so I tossed her on the table and headed up to bed where I promptly collapsed from knit fatigue.

She'll get blocked tonight, though I'm thinking I'll give myself and evening's respite before casting on the bottom ruffle.

Of course, at one-third the amount of stitches, and two-thirds less rows, it's going to seem to just fall off the needles.... right?


Anonymous said...

Well, that calculation WOULD seem to make sense, but I've found in the world of knitting ....there is NO SENSE!

Good luck with that ruffle and congrats on the big finish with that collar!

elns said...

Wow, that looks great and exhausting! I'm wowed with every photo you post of this lovely project. Kudos to you to actually getting it done. 600 stitches my holy hotpants, lady!

Araignee said...

Goodness gracious, I'm exhausted just reading about it! What a marathon. Congrats for the finish. It would have taken me years!

Rachelle said...

I'm not surprised you got knit fatigue! Well done though, and yes, the bottom ruffle will feel much much shorter!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

YESSSSS! You are almost there! I've been afraid to read your posts in case Le Strange got thrown in a corner :)

RobinH said...

Right! It's that optimism that keeps us knitting in the face of ridiculous goals!

Nancy Kay said...

Oh my goodness. You were tenacious! Way to go. I'm anxious to see the next photo op!

lexa said...

That's a long day! :)