I have been working on my Paon (aka the pain) for over 2 years now. I have bouts of working on it, and then it sits for a few months. I’ve started it over 3 times and lost too many beads to count. It has been a long road, a painful road, but in the back of my mind I knew that it was going to be worth it in the long run. I was going to have a beautiful full lace beaded alpaca/silk laceweight prize winning shawl.
I’m sure you can kinda see where this post is going… things didn’t end up as planned.
I picked up the Paon again last Friday. Found where I was in the chart, gathered my beads and a cup of coffee, and sat down to what I knew was going to be an intense knitting session. While double checking my location on the chart, I noticed that one of the strands in my knitting was a little thin. I was worried about it breaking during blocking, so I decided to tink back past that part and reattach the yarn. Then the unthinkable happened.
The strand below the row I was working on snapped. Instantly the stitches began to drop back through the rows. I quickly picked up the live stitches I saw, but I’m still not certain i had actually grabbed them all. With all the yarn overs its really hard to tell what may have slipped past me.
After picking up the live stitches, I sat the project down gently, ran to go get Alex, and cried… Later on Alex took me to River City Drafthouse where I had a very nice beer and I was able to calm down.
Fast forward to Saturday. I pick the shawl back up with determination to tie a knot and keep moving forward. I grabbed my tweezers and with my friend cheering for me I attempted to knot the two loose ends. I finally knotted it, but with the silk content the knot isn’t really holding. I’m worried that it just isn’t going to work.
I’ve set the project down again while I debate on what to do with it. Should I have faith that the knot will hold and then just continue forward? Or maybe I should start over? The third option is to just rip it out and forget kitting the Paon with this yarn. Any other ideas would be welcome.