When I was a small child I was gifted a Teeny Tiny Tears doll. The selling point of this doll was the fact that when you fed her a bottle of water she would cry “tears”. They neglected to mention in the ad that you had to turn the doll upside down or all the water ran out the hole in her butt. It was disappointing. Anyway, I was thinking of that as I was casting on my Celestarium shawl because I almost cried real tears. To make a long dragged out story that frankly makes me look stupid shorter, lets just say I didn’t go with the tutorial in the pattern. I used Emily Ocker’s circular cast on (youtube link of Kelley Petkun demonstrating). Who is Emily Ocker you ask? A friend of Elizabeth Zimmermann so right there you know I am doing the right thing. I’ve only got a couple of rows done and I don’t even know if this version will stick. You see I didn’t bother to knit a gauge swatch but since it’s such a small piece to start with I figured it could be the swatch. I’m also knitting the pattern with lace weight yarn when it calls for fingering weight. And if I haven’t broken enough of the 10 commandments of knitting I am using size 8/0 beads instead of the 6/0 called for in the pattern. The yarn I’m using is the Misti Alpaca hand paint lace that I picked up at Webs. The color is ceniza aka LP43. It will be interesting to see what happens with this project. If it’s a complete failure I’ve got 3 skeins of gray fingering weight sock yarn in the stash and a bead store less than a mile from my house.