Completing the Cresent (sic) Moon Shawl, from the Japanese pattern book, Easy Crochet, Complete in Three Days, I realized a cultural difference. The workday in Japan is longer than the US workday, which is longer than the Canadian workday. Three days? Hmmmm. It reminded me of the time I sewed, for my then five-year-old, a two hour pattern. It took twelve hours and I never did get the button holes in. That being said, this one really took about a week of part time work.
More like a scarf than a shawl, this is an amazing pattern. Although the book is written in Japanese, the charting is perfectly clear. And if you need help translating the chart, this website is the best. Here is it with that ubiquitous shawl pin:
Pattern: Cresent Moon Shawl from Easy Crochet, Complete in Three Days
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn, colourway 258, 185 grams (just under two skeins).
Hooks: Scarf - 4.0mm Edging: 3.0mm
Modifications: Due to Noro's thick and thin qualities, I adjusted the puff stitches according to yarn thickness, anywhere from three to five pull-throughs of the yarn.
Thoughts: Using two skeins of yarn, why are there so many ends to weave in? Ah yes, Noro-knots with abrupt colour changes. Really, there was only one in this project but, despite swearing I wouldn't give in, I was picky about some of the colour placement.
This is one of those projects that would have made me cross over to the world of crochet. If you are thinking about it - do it.