I was going to take some better pictures, but didn't want to bother, so here they are. Finally, pictures of the finished FBS for my Olympic Knitting Challenge.
This was truly a challenge for me, despite having finished it a few days earlier than the 16 allotted days. I had tried making this shawl last year and quickly gave up. This time I probably would have given up even before the 3rd frogging. Heck, I almost backed out altogether at the last minute, before the opening ceremonies. Then, I never would have known the beauty that is knitted lace. I would have gone on admiring it from afar, while it remained a frustrating and mysterious thing to me.
Knitting lace is a whole new process, unlike other knitting. It's like I've discovered an entirely new creature, a very feminine one. (So that's why everyone refers to their Charlotte's Web shawls with the feminine pronoun.) Never would I have thought I'd even enjoy wearing such a lacy accessory but, surprise, it turns out that I do, although I won't be wearing it as I am in the pictures above. I'm more likely to wear it wrapped around my neck like a scarf with only a bit of the point poking down.
Thank you to Stephanie and her "little" challenge as well as everyone's encouragement and advice. It was nice having the camaraderie of others who have knitted this before and those who chose the same project for their own challenge. I couldn't have done it without you! Now, I'm inspired, and already have my next lace knitting project planned, the Trellis Scarf from the new Spring Interweave Knits.