Free at last!!!

I finished it!! Last Thursday I knit the final stitch and then came the interminable bind-off which I finally completed Saturday morning. Of course I have still to block it, but hallelujah, it is done!

This is how it looks unblocked --

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And what I have left of a 2700 yd. cone of yarn --

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What I learned doing this project --

* I will never knit another circular shawl. The rows become so long and progress so difficult to see that it becomes tedious.

* Beads, lots of beads, give a lightweight yarn like this (2/33 cashmere/cotton) really nice drape. 11/0 beads are the right size to use here -- bigger would make it too heavy and look like too much.

This was a labor of love for my very best friend. I wouldn't do it for anyone else.

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