The Clementine is seamed, blocked, and finished. And, if I do say so myself, it’s absolutely lovely.
I gave it to my friend today. Somehow I managed to lose the card, but the minute she opened the box, she knew who made it.
If you’ve ever wondered why people fuss over Wollmeise, this shawl will explain it. The stitch definition is terrific, and the colors are stunning. I chose the Tieffer See colorway because the colors matched my school colors. No one who saw the shawl missed the signficance, and even folks who don’t like blue admit that it’s beautiful!
The second shawl came as a bit of a lark. A co-worker came to me and said, “I have a little favor to ask. If you want to say “no”, I’ll understand.”
She then proceeded to ask me if I would be willing to knit a pair of socks for her church auction to raise money for their youth group.
After I finished laughing (inside my head), my friend (who is pretty observant) said, “Or anything else you’d be willing to make.”
I’m all for supporting programs that keep kids off the streets. I also have a theory that people who are lucky enough to walk into their bedroom and pull out yarn for about 100 or more projects ought to share their good fortune. I think of it as Karma and have done knitting for charities that were not as grateful as my friend would be.
By the time I arrived home, I’d thought of several projects that I could do. I looked over and saw a bag holding some Super Glitz that I’d thought of adding to my Soho shawl. It was already wound and everything. I looked in my pattern pile and saw the pattern for the Self-Fringing Bias Shawl from Greta Dise for Brooks Farm yarns. Before I knew it, I was half done with the shawl and I hadn’t even broken a sweat.
Two days later, I was done and had the shawl on the blocking wires.
Yesterday, I got to show it off at an impromptu meeting of some of my knitting pals.
I think I’m going to try to find some beads to add to the fringe. Maybe foil-lined and/or peacock.
I’m going to keep this pattern in mind for future gifts. It’s easy, but with the right yarn, the result is impressive! In this case, the pattern really shows off the colors and awesome dying of the yarn, and the metallic gives it a nice sparkle. It can be a shawl or a scarf, which makes it extremely functional for Texas. I can’t wait to see what price it fetches!