Do you know that feeling where you want something really bad, and you can't stop thinking about it, and then once you get it it turns out to be not-that-great? That is not what knitting the Girasole shawl is like at all.
I've been waiting to knit this pattern for years, literally. It went into my queue mere hours after it was published on ravelry and I've been drooling over it ever since, and last week I finally cast on. It was wonderful. I've got four skeins of Malabrigo lace weight in exactly the color I'd always imagined knitting in my dreams and knitting has been.... amazing, and wonderful. Soothing, relaxing, and totally enticing.
For lace knitters, the most intimidating part of the project is how each row gets incrementally bigger, each step has increasingly more stitches, the end seems like it will never come. But with this project, each row, each yarn over, makes me smile. Instead of being daunted, the growing size inspires me. I love knitting it so much that instead of a doomed since that I'll never ever cast off this project, I feel confident that I will be knitting this shawl for a long time. And I am going to savor every moment of it.