My goodness. Only once before have I knit something that has over 300 stitches on the needles at once, and that was a shawl that I was knitting just because I didn't have anything else to knit right then. I finished it, decided it was pretty hideous (just what possessed me to buy that particular shade of.....orange?), and just put it away. Someday, if I need a hideous orange something, I've got the yarn for it.
But this has to be finished, and soon. I've been knitting it for 3 weeks now, and I think that's about two weeks too long.
I'm up to 327 stitches. 3. 2. 7. It takes 20 minutes to knit one row. I have only 3 more rows to knit, then the bind-off, then it's done. For now. I think that Claudia wants to measure it as knit, then block it, measure it, then add the crochet-and-beaded edging.
I do think that it's going to turn out nice, though. After all the agony of ripping it out (or, since it's too difficult to pick up the stitches, I unknit it each time, which takes at least as much time as the knitting did), I think it's going to be pretty. The colors are gorgeous; it's Claudia's Fingering 55, 55% silk/45% merino, colorway (I think) Walk in the Woods, and this stuff takes color so beautifully. It's luminous. I'm itching to make something for myself from this stuff.
But probably not a shawl.