Back in September of 2013, one of my dear knitting friends convinced me to join her in a mystery knit along (MKAL.) The project was a lace and beaded shawl from one of her favorite knitting pattern designers, Boo-Knits. I had knit exactly two shawls prior to this MKAL and one had been lightly beaded. I had no idea what I agreed to do!
The goal of the mystery knit along was to knit a portion of the pattern each week as it was revealed during the month of October. By Halloween I was to have a lovely beaded lace shawl completed. HA! By the end of October I had most of clue two complete. Then I pinched a nerve in my shoulder that set off my carpal tunnel in my left had and wrist. I had to stop knitting for over a week. When it started feeling better, I decided to catch up on some winter knitting, like knitting a hat for me and a scarf for my son. By the end of December, I decided to try working on the shawl again. It took anothe three weeks or so, but I finally finished it. It is HUGE! I have no idea where or when I'll use it, but it is pretty. I used Madeline Tosh lace yarn for this. (MadTosh)
It takes up half of my dining room table! The bind off was the worst part...a picot bind off of approximately 1500 stitches. It took me about five nights of working on it for at least two hours to finish. But, it's done and blocked and turned out better than imagined. Details on my Ravelry page.