I know this is hard to believe, but I have just now, on row ten million of the shawl, recognized a fundamental truth:
This thing is slowing down as I move toward the end of it.
You would think that such cosmic trusim might have occurred to me before this point in the process, but there you have it. I can't believe it - I'm actually going slower and slower because each row has more stitches in it than the last one.
Which means that right up to the point where that little lightbulb of a notion asserted itself, I was actually thinking - wait for it - that I should be finishing this up any time now.
It was only when I counted the number of repeats actually present in the shawl, and then compared them to the number required by the pattern, that I truly understood: I have been knitting a lot of diamonds, but there are many more still to knit.
Stupid numbers. Rotten counting. Why's it always gotta be the math harshing my mellow?
Indignation Complete. Must be Monday.