It's finally done!
As you can tell, I've been digging deep recently to get some of these long-term WIPs off the needles. After a LONG hiatus, I picked up Frost Flowers and forced myself to finish the border, which by the way, takes FOREVER. I'd estimate it took over 2 hours PER SIDE to knit a silly 20 stitch border. It's unbelievable. I kept thinking, "I must be done by now" and yet I never seemed to get any closer!
I did manage to do it eventually though, and then I gave the shawl a nice dunk in Soak and blocked it with my blocking wires, see:
It took a long time to get the sides straight, since they are too long for the long wires (I used two for each side). Before blocking the square was 30" across each side, after blocking it is just over 40" on each side.
And here's the official FO shot:
When I first took it off the floor, I caught a glimpse of it in my mirror and literally gasped. In my head I thought, "I can't believe I made this!" It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful thing I've ever knit. Also the hardest, natch.
I'm really happy with how it turned out (in case you couldn't tell), so happy in fact that I took it with me to work today to show off!
I might frame it and hang it on the wall . . .
Pattern: Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl from A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: 7 skeins Koigu KPM in color 1160
Needles: US size 4 circulars & one DPN for the border
Started: February 12, 2006
Finished: July 18, 2007