I had the pattern sitting in my library for months before I decided to buy yarn and get started. After I had bought the yarn it took another full year before I got started. What put me off was the cast-on for this pattern. The shrug is knitted from the centre back in two directions, requiring a double cast-on. You would think that with a link to a tutorial in the pattern and YouTube this would be a breeze but I just couldn't get my act together. Alas, I didn't fancy spending yet another summer shivering uncontrollably and finally got started this Spring. The double cast on was of course super easy.
But then I couldn't memorise the lace pattern and kept making mistakes and the shrug got folded up neatly and placed in a bag until a time when my brain would be able to function enough to memorise the pattern. The bag in the corner kept beckoning me and I got started once more. With super human effort I did finish this shrug in time for the summer holidays. There were other hickups of course. The back is knitted flat but for the sleeves, the work needed to be joined in the round. Easy.
Except that I misread the instructions and the number of stitches didn't work with the pattern in the round. My mistake of course. It took 4 attempts before I got it right. Then I worried about the joining in the round for the second sleeve.... I also spent another week procrastinating over the cuffs, which are knitted onto the sleeves. Eventually I just followed the pattern word by word, which I should have done from the outset, for the entire shrug.
I asked Annie to take some pictures of me wearing the shrug but it just didn't work out. I ended up twisting and turning myself and my camera in front of the only big mirror we own. I had to clean it first because it is just outside James' and Alistair's bedroom, and for some reason they like to make handprints on it.
I chose a light grey because it is an inoffensive colour that goes with many tops and dresses. I don't wear much grey but maybe I should, I quite like it actually.
The shrug is now blocked and waiting to be packed for our trip to Cornwall. It tested its usefulness on Friday when it was not quite T-shirt weather but not cold enough to wear a coat and it is going to be perfect.