For honeymoon knitting I wanted a very simple garter stitch shawl, something I couldn’t possibly mess up. Veera Välimäki is the reigning queen of such shawls, at least in the Kingdom of Ravelry. I chose one of her many asymmetrical designs: Line Break. Nothing too hard. Just short rows and eyelets.
Shawl pattern, meet scenic coastal highway.
Kersplat. Kersplat. Kersplat.
Somewhere along the line, a few of my stitch markers slipped under yarn-overs. And I never noticed. Never cared. I was too busy looking at the beaches, the sea lions, the tossing waves, the precariously perched sea-side homes.
When I got home and took a good look at the shawl I saw my mistakes. The misplaced eyelets are beyond obvious in a design like this. I thought about ripping the whole thing out and starting over, but the idea seemed like sacrilege.
I have precious memories of our drive down Hwy 101 and they’re bound up in this shawl. I look at those misplaced eyelets and I don’t really see mistakes. I see a foggy morning in Newport. I see my husband saying something so funny I dropped a stitch. I see the roadside yarn shop–the one HE spotted and pulled over for while I was busy looking at a map.
Those misplaced eyelets are the best part of the entire shawl.
I can’t even bring myself to block this thing. I don’t want to do anything to change its shape.