Mandala by Renee Leverington
Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Cone
7 oz, pale gray
Addi Turbo US 5, 3.75 mm/36 inch circular
Knit Picks Harmony 6 inch DPN's - US 5, 3.75 mm
July 5, 2013 - November 5, 2014
Pattern Selections: 1D, 2D, 3A, 4B, 2D
Modifications: Dropped edging and did crochet chain bind-off
Finished size: 64 inch diameter
The fact that this took over a year to finish is indicative of the fact that it was yet another troubled project. I had trouble figuring out what I really wanted to do with each section, and dithered way more than I thought I would. I spilled coffee on it. I grew bored with the yarn. (Face it, Zephyr is an awesome workhorse of a lace yarn, but it's nothing special.) The edging became a serious issue. Despite my protestations a couple of days ago that the crochet bind off was the right choice because I needed to get it done, I was honestly concerned that aesthetically I'd just made a drastic mistake. The fact that my knee - which had been perfectly fine - went out while I was blocking it didn't exactly endear me to anything either.
As with the Spider Queen, all was forgiven when I took it off of the floor this morning. Now that I look at it, the patterns flow into each other with more harmony than I had thought. (Good job designer!) Zephyr is lovely when blocked, as it becomes both softer and crisper. It's also much lighter and more airy than the other zephyr shawl I have in my collection. I'm glad I didn't do an edging because without it the entire piece actually looks more like a true mandala.
Happy to be in love again.