Last week I finally bound off a silk lace shawl I'd been knitting for over a year. Well, I only really worked on it for about two months, but then got to the point where knitting a single row took a couple hours. Lace is very finicky, and I really need to be able to complete an entire row in a sitting. Two uninterrupted hours have been few and far between for me the last year or so. So the shawl sat, wadded up in my project bag in my nightstand, from sometime in July until last week, when I finally had an opportunity to go to craft night. Turns out all I needed was a little momentum, and now it's finally done.
It has more than a few glaring mistakes. If I were a little cockier, I might call them "Amish" mistakes, after the legend that Amish women intentionally make mistakes while quilting, in order to demonstrate their belief that only God is perfect. Of course, my errors are entirely unintentional.
Anyway, I love this shawl. I love the pattern. I love it so much that I actually paid $10 for it (I usually just use free patterns I find on the Internet). But I'm not really a shawl person, much less a lace shawl person. And so I don't really know what I'm going to do with it.
I have found this to be a pretty common theme in my crafting. Rarely do I make something that really gets a lot of wear. When it comes to sewing, I think that's mostly because I'm not very good at it. When it comes to knitting, I think it's because I like to knit with beautiful hand-wash only yarns, but I don't really like to wear clothes that can't go into the washing machine.
I should really find a way to fix this problem.