47,940

As in 47,940 stitches later, I am finished knitting the linen stitch shawl “‘secret” project.
linen shawl 002
It’s about 54 inches long by 20.5 inches wide, 255 stitches by 188 rows.

Now I need to get these buttons on, somehow! I’m thinking a crocheted edge, and building the button loops into that.
linen shawl 003
Aren’t they great? From Obie at the fair. He mostly had stone stuff, including granite and labradorite buttons, but these glass ones looked best.

And then there’s the ends… 188 strands times two ends.
linen shawl 004
Yikes!

I’m thinking my options are

  1. tie knots tight up against the fabric and trim the fringe to an even 2 inches or so
  2. braid the ends
  3. sew in all those ends

I don’t see #3 there as very realistic…

I think this is still a secret project… the recipient doesn’t know. She had some wicked foot surgery today, which went well. Tomorrow the perineal block (?) wears off and she’ll be in for a rough day. Since she’ll be off her feet for 8 weeks, I figure getting it to her this weekend will still be good!

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Brenda said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    I think it looks great. But where are the buttons going?
    I think you should take a few of the ends, tie them up in knots, and then leave them somewhat uneven.

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    Sara said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

    I vote for braiding the ends…I think it looks classy.

  3. 3

    Chris said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    I vote for braiding the ends! It turned out very cool.

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    kmkat said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

    I vote for #1. Wait, did you ask us to vote? I am always way too free with my opinions…

    But I really, really like those glass buttons.

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    Mel said,

    September 30, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

    I believe you mean a peroneal nerve block. I’d be a little worried if they were trying to do a block on my perineum. Seeing as, you know, I’m not likely to be having an episiotomy or anything.

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    Miss T said,

    October 6, 2009 @ 6:57 am

    Love the colors and the woven look of the fabric!

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    Lucia said,

    October 8, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    That is one gorgeous shawl. As for the model, I think her mom needs to find her a high, lonely tower. (Or not. Some enterprising guy always gets in somehow, and the next thing you know you’re the grandmother of twins.)

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