One of the women I knit with is fond of saying, “Good help is hard to find.” Generally she says this while working at the yarn store when she can’t get the cash register to work the way she wants. Mostly, I think she says this because she’s a naturally humble person with a great sense of humor. She’s one of the best knitters I know and I’d like to be just like her some day.
This same knitter has made two of the Sideways Shawlettes in the time it’s taken me to do one. It’s not because it was hard, but because the fringe was boring me to tears. I finally finished this at a scrapbooking retreat I was at this past weekend. Yes, it was a scrapbooking retreat. Yes, I mostly knit. It’s what I do.
But back to the shawlette. I had decided this particular shawl needed a bit of bling. So I bought some beads to put along the fringe. The shawl travelled with me to Sock Summit, to Chicago, to my parent’s house, and finally to the retreat. To be honest, I only worked on the shawl fringe at Sock Summit and at the retreat. The fringe was just that boring.
As for the crazy pictures, well that’s where the good help comes in. My model is my 7 year old daughter who was less than enthused about helping out unless she was able to use my shawl to be an “old west bad guy.”