29 July 2009

big warm (woolly) hug

textured shawl from behind

Have I told you I'm slightly obsessed with shawls this winter? Following the success of the wool peddler's shawl, the very next night I cast on for the 'textured shawl' by orlane in a beautiful greeny-blue. One of the women at stitch n bitch informed me it is not teal, which is what I had been thinking of it as, but the colourway is called 'Mariner' which suits it perfectly arr arr me hearties.

textured shawl as scarf

I almost totally love it. If I knit it again, (and I had to stop myself from casting on another one last night as this one was blocking), I'll do the set up row differently to try and eliminate the hump at the top of the shawl. But it's easily folded under (extra warmth) and really not a problem.

wear it like a big cowl. sort of.

I have to say a big thank you to Sue (and all others who offered) for coming to my rescue and sending me some of her precious Mariner when I foolishly enlarged the shawl by two repeats in the blind hope that I'd have enough yarn. By the way, I'm coming to the very same gloomy realisation with the swap shawl but am in denial, and just knitting faster and faster so I can finish it before the yarn runs out. That works, right?

textured shawl close

I think this might be a gift for my best friend who very shockingly and unexpectedly was orphaned last month. I know a 45 year old orphan isn't quite so tragic as a 9 year old orphan, but as some of you know, it's awful to be parentless in this world no matter your age. When it happened I just wanted to hug and hold her, and my first instinct was to knit her a shawl as kind of a big warm woolly hug in which she could wrap herself. I'm not 100% decided though - many (most?) people aren't used to shawls. I know I used to look at all the shawl patterns on Ravelry and think to myself why would you? I don't get it? but now I'm hooked and want to share the shawl love. Hmmm, what do you think? Would you look at me oddly if I knitted you a shawl as a condolence gift?

textured shawl with bonus purple fence for Stomper's viewing pleasure

I threw this photo in for Stomper's viewing pleasure. (Purple fence).

Vital statistics have been ravelled.
More photos over at flickr.

46 comments:

k said...

it's beautiful, but you've unfortunately inspired in me a bit of jealousy. i am working on this very same shawl but feel that for some reason it's not turning out well at all, not quite sure why since i have seen so many lovely ones!

however, i think a nice warm shawl hug would be a great gift for someone - although some may say they are not "shawl people", you merely have to wrap one around you to change that idea!

Melody said...

A shawl is a lovely, thoughtful gift! Especially on those cold Melbourne/Victoria winter days - I'd love one myself, but you know, one isn't needed in Abu Dhabi. (Damn it!!)

Yours is gorgeous - the colour is right up my alley!

sooz said...

Absolutely, a lovely gift. At the very worst she'll only wear it at home watching telly - but she'll still be getting the love, right? It is gorgeous, and a gorgeous gift to give and receive! Lucky I won't need one where I'm going or I'd be jealous :-)

Tan Family said...

Gorgeous shawl. :)

Stomper Girl said...

Thanks for the purple fence, much appreciated and also bonus purple top? I think a big shalwy hug is a beautiful condolence gift and she will be wrapped/wrapt geddit.

rachel said...

I'd say that so long as you got the colour right for a friend, a shawl would be a wonderful gift, even if you had to explain what it was, when it might be useful, and even model it yourself to make sure she got the message! Me, I'd love one!

ada sunday said...

It's beautiful..who would not be in love with that shawl. Such a thoughtful gift.

Blossom said...

lovely idea.i am making one for a friend who just lost her mum in a tragic car accident.

Emma said...

A shawl is a perfect condolence gift. She may never wear it out the door, but what a wonderful snuggle when you're feeling alone. I love shawls.

freefalling said...

I think it is a wonderful condolence gift.
Everytime she wraps it around herself she will be reminded of her parents.

Mary said...

A warm shawl hug of condolence?

Perfect I would say..

Janet said...

a beautiful shawl handknitted by a friend is a perfect condolence gift. trust your first instinct on this, I reckon.

Tania said...

I’d be thinking:

'My friend just knitted me a whole lot of love into a big warm woolly hug'.

Pam said...

Share the shawl love. I think it is an extremely thoughtful gift. She will be reminded how much she is loved and cared for everytime she wraps it around her weary shoulders.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

That is gorgeous. I would move in to that wooly hug and never leave. This just might get me back to knitting. If only I could learn how to cast off.

Susan said...

I'm delurking to say give it to her! It would be great if when you delivered it you just happened to be wearing one yourself so she could see how it can be worn with style. It is beautiful and the sentiment behind it makes it even more so. I can't think of a woman who wouldn't appreciate the love stitched into it.

Fioleta said...

Another beautiful shawl and you look great in them. I would love if someone gifted me a shawl - I have few shawls and many scarfs, but I rarely wear them (but I do, I do love them).

Isabelle said...

Yes, well you now have commissions for - is it? - 17 shawls. It's beautiful. I would also like you to knit me some slender hips like yours.

Badger said...

Erm, a big "me, too" to all of the above. It's gorgeous, and a perfect condolence gift. And I would also like to order some slender hips, please.

Sarah said...

wow! that's beautiful! i might have to try knitting one of those myself.

Tish said...

I think if you told her that you knit her a warm hug for when you can't be there to give her one in person, she'd love it even if she isn't a shawl person. And even if she never wears it in public, she'd still be able to wrap herself in the love and warmth (which would probably tip her over into shawl lover territory) on a chilly evening sitting on the couch reading or watching TV.

daysgoby said...

Oh, yes, what Tish said. Gorgeous photos. And if I wasn't totally needle-ly incompetent, I might try one of those myself.

Fortunately, I know better.

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Oh My Lord.

Two things:

1. That mariner shawl is divine. I didn't think you could top the last one you made, but this one is even more insanely beautiful.

2. If I was in the sorrowful position of having lost both of my parents, it's possible that the one thing I would absolutely, truly, deeply need is a warm shawl to hug myself in all the way through the healing process. I would then wash it carefully, wrap it in tissue paper, and leave it to my daughter in my will. DO IT. you won't regret it.

I met a wonderful old lady once who told me that if you ever have a good thought, you should do it, without question. I try so hard to maintain such optimism and beauty. Sigh.

I'm rambling, but your projects have been so satisfying lately that I can't help but gush....

Leah xxx

ThirdCat said...

Wrap it tomorrow and send it.

donyale said...

It's simple lovely. I have queued it immediately. (And feel sure that it will be so wonderfully full of good thoughts for your friend).

Leonie Guld said...

hey susie, I'm with my sister leah, just well gushing!! Its stunning. Congratulations. I must have a look in your older posts for the pattern, I might get leah to dye me some wool and have a go.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your friend needs all the warmth she can get now . A lovely shawl and the care and love it shows will help greatly .
And yes , knitting quicker must help the wool last longer , surely . If the nuns had ever taught us Physics , I'd be able to tell you why ...I think .

travellersyarn said...

I would think that it was an amazing condolence gift. It looks lovely, and I'm sure that she will appreciate the love that is knitted in with every stitch.

Stacey said...

I'm so pleased you found that last bit of yarn you were looking for.
I think a shawl is a beautiful condolence gift as there's so much time, effort and love that goes into something knitted.
It's just gorgeous.

Jolie said...

a beautiful, thoughtful, love-filled gift! I'm sure it will worn and treasured and provide oodles of comfort. hat a sweet and lovely idea.

peskypixies said...

It is a wonderful gift.

I love the colour.

tiennie said...

This is beautiful! I'm sure your friend appreciated your gesture of love.

Boo's Mom said...

I wouldn't look oddly at a good friend if she knitted me a shawl as a condolence gift. I would be touched. I didn't used to "get" shawls, either, but have knit two very simple shawls--one from my first handspun--and I love them. I just wrapped a small one around my shoulders while standing outside with my puppy. Sometimes here in very southern California, when the sun starts to set and the breeze comes up, a small shawl feels good on bare arms and shoulders--even in July!

victoria said...

Sounds like a perfect, excellent, wonderful and touching gift to me. xxoo

DrCris said...

A shawl sounds a perfect condolence gift. Particularly if either parent was a knitter or shawl-wearer, or gave wooly hugs.

catherine said...

I don't think I've ever commented before, but I read (and admire)your blog regularly. I think the shawl is the most perfect and beautiful gift you could possibly give - made with love, and expressing your feelings for your friend.

simplelife said...

I think it would be a beautiful gift, who wouldn't want a hug whenever they felt the need. It would feel full of love and caring.

cheers Kate

ps had to delurk because I thought it was such a thoughtful and caring gift.

rhubarbwhine said...

Ooohhhhhhhhhh Gorgeous!!!!!

Jen said...

It's scrumptious, and a perfect condolence gift.

peppermintpatcher said...

Very glad that the magical interwebs provided you with the extra yarn needed because the colour is just glorious! I hopeit offers many warm nights to your friend.

Carol said...

I hope you go with your beautiful perfect impulse. The shawl is lovely.

Isabelle said...

Thank you, by the way, for imagining me as tall and willowy. Alas, no, neither of these things. And even declaring myself to be 5 foot 3 might be a bit of an exaggeration. I'm shrinking with age, but only in the height dimension.

My daughter says she'll knit me that shawl!!! I'm so excited. Theoretically I could knit it myself, but I'm too busy blogging and knitting takes too much concentration. How on earth do you do both?? She hardly ever updates her blog now she knits.

Suse said...

Well you should see the state of my floors.

Michelle said...

It is stunning and is a perfect gift for your friend.....perfect.

pebbledash said...

It's beautiful - and a perfect condolence gift. What could be better than a handmade hug from a good friend, whenever you need it?

Rae said...

It's gorgeous, and looks gorgeous on you. I'm sure your friend will love it. :)