Here's a pretty terrible picture of the finished leaf-edged shawlette:
I bound off the last few stitches this morning before leaving for work and I'm very please with how it turned out! It definitely needs a good blocking but other than that I'm calling this one a success. It does still need a name though . . . I was thinking of naming it something related to garden structures but not using any of the names that have already been used. Since that means I can't use the words "leaf," "trellis," or "garden," I'm kind of stuck on coming up with a name! Do any of you garden and therefore know some obscure garden structure name that might relate?
This shawl may well the most feminine design I've ever come up with -- and what's funny is that when I pictured it in my head, it wasn't feminine at all! I pictured some pretty strong diagonal lines and significant negative space, but when it got knitted up somehow that translated into these soft textured stripes you're seeing. It's amazing how a design can look so different in the flesh compared to in your mind's eye!
During my commute today I started swatching the dollar sign cable but it isn't even close to right yet. I met some nice people on my train ride home who started to ask me about the knitting and when I told them I was knitting "recession-proof socks" featuring a cable shaped like a dollar sign, they got really into it! They threw out all sorts of ideas for what to name the socks, most of which were hysterical ("credit swap socks," anyone?!?). The positive reaction from complete strangers on the train has me thinking this idea may not be so odd after all . . .