This is Elizabeth Lovick's "Orkney Pi" shawl. She made this pattern and is leading a KAL (knit along) for a yahoo group called EZasPi (a play on Elizabeth Zimmerman's name as well as Pi). I am in the midst of section three, which is the lattice work area. In this section there are 640 stitches per row, and it's going very slowly for me. The stitch pattern is very regular with a short repeat so that should be easy, and yet I've made some mistakes. What is challenging about this section is it gets repeated 5 times. That's a lot of knitting! The last, outer section with the large trees has 1280 stitches per row and a lot of rows. That will be quite daunting for me, butut I do want to make it to that point! I've managed to keep up through this KAL until this week. Well, naturally, it wasn't that hard when I had 80 stitches per round, or 160, or even 320. 640 has really slowed me down, and I can't imagine making any progress when (if?) I make it to 1280!
So I've been dividing my time between tapestry and lace knitting for the past several weeks. I haven't taken any photos of the progress on 'little man in the boat' (I need a name for this piece!) or H.Rob, and I'm not sure why. I just don't feel like photographing them yet....maybe that's a sign that I'm not happy with something about them. I'd better give that some thought!