Bottom-Up Birch Shawl

I found this UFO in my craft room on Sunday, and realized it was nearly done!  I don't even remember when I started working on this shawl.  I always did like the look of Sharon Miller's Birch but the idea of casting on 300-some stitches in a fine, slippery yarn gave me nightmares.  Susan Gutperl's helpful recipe was really a gift to my sanity.

In any case, it looks like I had used up a full ball, and then, for some reason, declined to start on the second.  I looked at the lace and figured out where I had left off, then attached the second ball and continued knitting, intending to finish that second ball.  After one repeat, though, I realized it was taking me FOREVER to finish a row (there are 28 repeats in that last row) and the shawl is already almost a blanket -- I mean, the shawl is big enough.  So, I decided to bind off, using the elastic bind-off for stretchiness, and now I have a FO instead of a UFO!  Yay me :)

Lace pattern close up

Lace pattern close up