"The Plan" was to take a section of the Stole learned on the KAL and use it to make the whole scarf. It would be 2 skeins of yarn, Malabrgo Lace, and knit in one direction until the ball was gone. Then remove the temporary cast on and knit in the other direction until the other ball of yarn was gone. It sounds so simple dosen't it? It always starts out that way. As the scarf progressed I had conversations with my other daughter about scarves with beads. I had never used beads in knitting before, "Why not add a few to this scarf? it shouldn't be that hard."
So I ran myself right out to JoAnns Fabrics to find beads the next day. The beads all looked So Big! "I like these shinny little 11/0 seed beads and they won't overwhelm the knitting!" I didn't realize they would be so hard to put on, or see! So I went home and dug out the #16 Steel Crochet Hook that was passed down to me and went to work. Where to place them? How Long it took to place them......... One Friggin Bead at a time really slows down the Whole Process! So in my new found wisdome I chose to place them every other section in random patterns. You could only see them as a small flash in the right light anyway.
Then I ordered 8/0 seed beads in 2 other colors. As light weight as the lace material was turning out to be I wanted to add some weight at the ends. I get so carried away I don't ever do things the easy way. I was able to use a larger crochet hook but it did not take any less time. I beaded a section in the lighter color, skipped a section, and then beaded in the darker color. Whew! I was finally getting close to the end of the ball of yarn! Then what do I do at the end? I did not have an edging in mind. "Oh I will do a beaded edging!" I am so Brilliant, not. The heavily beaded piece you see in the picture is the edging. I was so relieved to be done with it. It was so Tedious. "Thank God It's Done!"
Then I remembered I had the Other Half to do!! Did I mention this was a Chrismas Present and I only had a coulpe of weeks to finish almost 4 feet of Lace and Beading so it could be washed, blocked, dried, and shipped in time to get to California? Oh and to work the Christmas rush too........ When I was finished there was 16 in. by over 8 ft. of Beaded Lace Beauty! I hope she loves it because I will never do that again. LOLOLOL so I said then. I am such a Glutton for punishment.
When my son was young he had "Severe Chronic Asthma". Which means he had severe Allergic Reactions to many things made worse by emotion (getting scared because you can't breath). He would turn Blue at the drop of a hat. We became very close he and I, spending all that time in emergency rooms and learning how to deal with it together. We put together a "Mini Emergency Room" in our bathroom with a Stethoscope, Peak Flow Meter, Ultrasonic Nebulizer, and Epi Pens. Not to mention all the drugs he had to take and the side effects.
He survived, grew up, went to college, earned two degrees, got married, and has a 7 month old baby of his own now. My son takes very few Asthma Medications these days, all preventative and has a good quality of life. He still keeps the Nebulizer in the house, because when he dose gets sick, it settles in his lungs.
My Grandson Max was very sick yesterday and so was his mother. My Son took the baby to the Doctor. Max has a virus that setteled into his lungs, and two ear infections. My son sent me a picture from his iPhone showing Max chewing on the mouth piece of the Nubulizer. I can't tell you what it did to my heart. I was glad he was teething and wanted chew on the mouth piece. It is So Hard to Nebulize a baby! (inhailed medication vapor) He did get a great deal of relief and I am so glad they have the Nebulizer in the house. Being able to use it at home will keep him so much more comfortable."Full Circle."
So the only thing to do was to make a big batch of his Grandmothers Chicken Soup."Jewish Penicillin." I talked him through the process and he made extra carrots to put in a blender with Chicken, Matzo Ball (soft dumpling) and Broth to make a meal for Max."Full Circle".It makes me wonder How Many Circles? My mother in law went through same thing with my husband. I now know how "She" felt when it was "My Son" and "Her Grandson".........and she taught me how to make "Jewish Penicillin."