Entry: Rona Shawl Redux Tuesday, June 01, 2010



My fuschia beaded Rona shawl at 56" diameter was just too small, no way around it except to frog back and add more rows before the edging.  I still had almost a full skein of yarn left.  It took several weeks and lots of playing in Excel to figure out how to enlarge this shawl. 

 

Finally it dawned on me that what I needed to do was increase until there was a multiple of 16 (the repeat for the edging) and then do the edging.  The original pattern has 48 sets of 16 sts at the start of the edging.  The edging on the first version was really tight so it seemed to me that there needed to be a lot more stitches allowing for increasing the diameter.  I decided to work a simple stitch pattern with increases until there were 96 sets of 16 stitches and then work the edging.  This would add about 20 additional rounds. 

 

That went fine for a while and then it became apparent that with twice as many stitches I would soon run out of yarn.  So I reworked my spreadsheet eliminating several rounds in the edging pattern but keeping the 'integrity' with the quintuple yarnovers in the edging design.

 

That decision made it also became apparent that I would soon run out of beads.  Back to LadyBug Beads for a third tube of fuschia beads.  Surely that would be enough, wouldn't it?

 

At the start of the final edging row it seemed there were still quite a lot of beads and I decided I might as well use them up, they give the shawl better drape due to the weight and why save them.  It was very difficult though to add the beads at the same time as the crochet bind off, so I worked a round slipping two, adding a bead, slipping two, adding a bead, etc.

 

As I neared the end it seemed there were barely enough beads to finish.  Now I had to go fishing down the side of the sofa for whatever beads I could find there (plus three dpn's and assorted crumbs and dust), then my son moved the sofa so I could hunt down more beads that were hiding in the carpet. 

 

Just when I was thisclose to adding the final beads things got a bit hairy.  First I accidentally knocked over the container of beads and they went hither and yon across the floor and I had to gather them all up again!  Then as I neared the very end I could see I'd be short about a half dozen beads.  There had to be more of those little buggers in the carpet.  With Ott Lite in hand I went behind the sofa to hunt down more escapees.  It's close quarters between the sofa and the bay window and when I stood up I stepped down on the plastic vent cover which shattered on impact.  While picking up pieces of the vent cover I noticed red stains on the carpet and thought one of my dogs must have bled on it until it dawned on me it wasn't the dogs - duh - my toe was dripping blood - I had sliced it on the vent cover!

 

Could anything else go wrong?  I so wanted to get this shawl done and over with.

 

Finally I began the crochet bind off which was taking about 5 minutes for each repeat even when I didn't accidentally drop a stitch or two and have to take time to recover the stitches, that meant it would take about 8 hours just to bind off!  Not only that -  the yarn supply was getting suspiciously low.

 

In the end there were two beads left and several yards of yarn - whew!  I decided I had better carefully check if there were any dropped stitches at the bind off before blocking the shawl.  Good thing I tugged on it all the way around not once but twice and found a couple dropped stitches the first time around and a few more the second time around.  Quickly repaired those with a length of yarn at each occurrence and then spent a couple hours blocking.  

 

I am pleased to say that this Rona Shawl is finished for the second and last time...........it now measures 60" across, only a few more inches than before but the extra stitches made all  the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   4 comments

marychopin
August 4, 2010   09:12 PM PDT
 
How can I get the pattern for the Rona Shawl? It is incredabily beautiful! I'm on Ravelry with name marychopin.
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There was a very real perception that bi-racial was much worse for the white than it was for the person of color. The liberal culture, which was designed and promoted with the god's tools to achieve their Apocalyptic goals, screamed racism when there was a very reasonable explanation for this reality::::
In this white punishment known as the United States the person of color has already adopted the disfavors/temptations intended for another race. But by associating/mating with a person of color the white is newly adopting the disfavors of another culture.
And this is the reason why people of color are not welcome in the United States. The gods control everything:::The perception they want to create, the thoughts they want you to have.
People of color can't recover from absorbing the temptations from two cultures. And why they become more and more like so many blacks in America:::Veterans at absorbing the temptations of two cultures.
To further illustrate this is why California's educational system/funding was ranked #1 when California was white:::Education being the basis of the affluent economic system. Now even public higher education has become unaffordable.

The gods placed us all into our own corners of the globe. As such for thousands of years we spent time and reproduced with out own kind.
This is why mobilty/travel, biracial unions/offspring and partaking of other cultures is a sin::::
Each has it's own elements of disfavor, and by experiencing other cultures you are being exposed to these disfavors, which if people may adopt will make their state even worse than prior.
The United States has been considered a "melting pot" where rejects from around the world were sent when kicked out of their motherland.
Remember, this concept of cultural diversity is an element of the liberal platform the gods used to promote societal decay, revealed on the map with the "beast" that is the SanFranciscoBayArea and the spread of social deterioration that spread to the rest of the country and eventually to the entire globe.

As with so many things in this life "less is more". Sex is one of those things. They used the liberal age to promote casual "free" sex intentionally::Combined with "women's lib" and their initiation into the "trenches" of the workplace as well as other issues like alcohol consumption the people experienced a mass masculinization of the females.
The gods use sex as temptation. This is why the most disfavored among us are preoccupied with it. While some may feel being well-endowed is a sign of favor the truth is just the opposite. And often the result is misogyny, a belittling of the favored gender, and stagnation of the people as a whole.
Less is more. When young women experience passing thoughts which say you're doing something wrong instead of fighting or dismissing the thought you should heed the warning. Sadly in today's world too many experience prolonged periods of promiscuity in their lives, whereas if married by 15 like throughout human history this disfavor was avoided.
Don't forget:::It is children who ascend into heaven, and the absence of sexual activity is one reason. Their general innocence is another, which should help you see the destructive nature of adult life in today's society.

Ronald Reagan spent the communist block into submission with defense buildup, and in the process increased the National debt from $1 trillion in 1980 to $6 trillion when he left office.
W charged both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the national debt, honest numbers to come.
The gods used W to initiate the "Great Recession" with deliberate legislation/regulation changes, allowing the sub-prime fiasco and corporate irresponsibility/criminal behavior which led to the multi-trillion dollar stimulous package, pocketted by Republican friends and donors::::$5 trillion charged to the National credit card.
This corruption is one element of evil in the party of good. War mongering is another.
Damned if you do, Damned if you don't::::With the Democrats you subscribe to social decay via liberlism, which WILL lead to the Apocalypse. Republicans are being used by the gods to bankrupt the United States, ultimately motivating people to the point of "desperation prayer" once anarchy presides::::Punishment designed to correct your behavior.

The gods behave monsterously in the course of managing Planet Earth but they demand people be good.
Not only is doing the right things important (praying, attoning for your sins, thinking the right way:::accepting humility, modesty, vulnerability), so is avoiding the wrong things important as well:::"Go and sin no more".

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