November 24, 2010
I came across this pattern on Ravelry and thought it was interesting that so many people said they made one and they were looking forward to making another one. I don’t make a lot of things twice, just because there are too many other things out there that I want to try. But I may make an exception with this pattern! I made this for a friend for Christmas, and I like the finished shawl so much that now I want one for my own. I’m putting it on my list.
There was a big unintended modification to this pattern. I was knitting along on it, completely distracted because I was enjoying a couple of days at my friend’s lake house. We were deep into watching movies, enjoying the fall weather, and catching up on our lives. (At least that’s my excuse.) Consequently, I failed to see the instructions that told me (clearly) to knit on the purl side, when I got to the stripes. It’s supposed to make it look more dimensional and give it more texture. I realized it when I got to the second stripe, but I had no desire to frog it back, and I had no desire to make the second stripe different from the first. So – it looks a little different. But I like it. Now I’m not sure which way I’d do it for the second time around.
I made mine the medium size, out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in the colors Tart and Fig. We started discussing this shawl and colors on our Loopy Ewe Facebook page back when I was first beginning the pattern, and then I did a blog post on other color choices that you might like. It really is a fun knit, and one of those shawls where you can knit and chat and not pay too much attention to the pattern. (Um, except for the part where it tells you to knit on the purl side. You might want to pay attention to that part.)
This is a holiday weekend for us, so the brick and mortar part of the shop will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Of course we’ll continue to be open online 24/7, so you can still be looking and shopping, and we’ll all be in on Monday to make sure that your orders get packed up and shipped out. (How can next week be December already? Is it just me, or did 2010 just whip right by?) In the meantime, we want to wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating it this week. When we count our blessings around here, YOU are at the top of our list!