I have completed the first section of my Aspen Grove Shawl — 82 rows — and am 6 rows into the second section — 55 rows.
You can now begin to see the structure of the shawl as it “fans out” in four wedges.
The pattern will, of course, be more distinct once it’s stretched and blocked. Part of the fun of lace is the mystery while you’re knitting it of how it will look when finished.
The first section is the “canopy” of the aspen grove, composed of all leaf motifs. The next section is the “trunks” section, but you won’t be able to tell that until I get a little further into it.
This section should go much quicker because every other row is simply purled all the way across. In the first section each row was composed of pattern stitches that had to be carefully watched and counted.
Off to Richmond today. Too bad I’m going with a group of people, otherwise I’d make a quick stop into a yarn or quilt shop–or maybe both.