Friday, 23 January 2009

It's done

The hole is no more.

While it may seem like I was procrastinating, I was thinking about it a lot; going over the stitch pattern in my mind. Occasionally I would even go and look at it. What threw me was not the stitches themselves, I could see where they went; it was the big loops of yarn I had that were supposed to be a complex pattern of 'bars' holding the leaf pattern together.

I just couldn't figure out how it all went together - especially the two long loops running parallel to the leaf! The hole got worse than this photo shows as I desperately tried to find where each strand belonged! I should have taken another photo before I began the repairs but that didn't occur to me.

Although I finished the repair this morning, I had been working on it for two days - I picked up the dropped stitches that I could see and yesterday I had a couple of tries to put it together but it wasn't working. More thinking, not procrastination, was needed; the shawl had given me too much trouble to rush in and do a bodgie* job.


So, here it is; I'm sure you won't have any trouble picking the repaired leaf but it's not too bad, if I do say so myself!

Thanks for the support and encouragement; it really means a lot to this often-close-to-tears-soon-to-be-mother-of-the-bride!

And now, we're off the reblock the border to our satisfaction [DD and I not the royal 'we'!]

*bodgie - something imperfect, flawed or without value

13 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I can't wait to see pictures of it on the big day!

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  2. You have done a wonderful job of keeping bars and leaves intact, it would have been very complicated on such open lace work. Sometimes taking your time (not procrastinating) is really worth it!

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  3. Procrastinating is called watching the tennis.

    Well done, you really did a fantastic job on keeping it all together.

    Remember as Mother of the Bride, you are able to let it go on the 31st.

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  4. It looks lovely. No one would ever notice the repair. You have done an amazing job.

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  5. We are so proud of you! You have excelled in all ways.

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  6. Oh, well done! I knew you could do it!

    I love learning new words!

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  7. oh well done. I can't really see it very well all and it'll be lost in the drape and folds of the shawl. Beautiful.

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  8. Well, that repair is definitely not without value - excellent work! It looks really good, and I know how nerve-wracking a job like that can be. Good recovery :)

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  9. Congratulations on a great repair job, it will not be noticed by anyone, I'm sure!

    You probably already know this, but I discovered on Friday that the myrtle leaf is a classical symbol of love and marriage - so you and DD have chosen the perfect pattern for this lovely heirloom.

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  10. It's a stunning shawl Lynne, the repair is not noticeable, excellent work all round.

    Roz Castle Hill

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  11. My heart gave a lurch too when I saw the picture - I bet you cried - I would have! The repair is excellent - and when it is worn I defy anyone to find it!

    So happy for you - and you can cry all you want at the wedding !!

    love

    Yvette
    Toowoomba Qld

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