01 August 2010
7 Small Shawls: T - 155 days and counting down.
Onward to the main attraction here.... I've never been one to leave well enough alone when I think something is not exactly perfect. So, even though I do like the edging swatch from the other day, I found myself thinking and thinking about it. It wasn't quite right. So I tried again. Nope. Not exactly. I was liking those two little diamonds of material near the top less and less. At first, I had added them for a little more interest, but the more I looked at them, the more they bothered me.
So out they went. I worked up the swatch without them. But I was still bothered by bead placement.
I decided to remove a couple of beads. These beads are glass, so easily breakable, but this is a very delicate operation and needs to be done carefully! I know of knitters who have hit the beads with a hammer, and in the process they have cut their yarn. My favorite method involves some jewelry pliers and a little pressure. First step: put on eye protection and make sure that anyone else nearby also has eye protection (the bits of glass can really fly). Next, grasp the bead with the edge of the pliers, being careful not to get any yarn along with the bead. Pull the bead gently away from the fabric and squeeze until the bead pops. Easy! I've never had this method cut the yarn.
Of course, after I removed two beads, I realized that I actually needed more, not fewer, beads.
So I carefully placed beads where I wanted them on the swatch.
Then I took pictures and updated the chart. I like this version. Yes, I think this is it. It's possible I may even be satisfied. :)