Though I began this wrap long ago... right before my trip to New York with my husband in March of 2012, I've finally finished it this month. I have knitted it on and off since that March, spending months NOT knitting it, because it was intricate and required constant consultation with a series of charts. It was not a knitting project for tv watching, or talking to friends or family... it was a project designed for long audio books and car rides; solitary labor. Lace is a luxury item, expensive in terms of cost of labor or hours spent knitting, and impractical for most occasions. Lace shawls aren't exactly made for working in the kitchen or taking hikes in the great outdoors. One doesn't wear them to the grocery store or the park with your kids, usually. So knitting lace is something I feel a little guilty about. It's not useful, not necessary for the family, it doesn't benefit anyone I love in any way... except me. It's the epitome of selfish knitting because when I knit it, I have to be focused completely on my knitting, and because it's making a garment I'll wear only a few times a year, at most.
But, oh, it's such an accomplishment! It's a work of art; an example of something made just for the sake of beauty. Impractical, yes, but that's part of why it's such a treasure! Something this glorious has to bring joy to the heart of God.