29 July 2009
big warm (woolly) hug
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.
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.
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?
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?
I threw this photo in for Stomper's viewing pleasure. (Purple fence).
Vital statistics have been ravelled.
More photos over at flickr.