Shawl for Mama
Summer crafting has mostly involved knitting. In June I came across this pattern: Botanical Garden Shawl by Kristen Finlay of @skeinyarn . I was looking for a Shawlette pattern that wasn’t going to be an enormous project. (I have a few other shawls in various stages of work that have become large and tricky to travel around with making them forgotten in attention.) So far this have been a fun project. I assumed it would have been done by my anniversary. That came and went. As did the months of June and July. Saturday I ran out of yarn. I picked up more Sunday. I began with 2 skeins of Loops & Threads Capri Tencel yarn. I was thinking of adding in another color….but decided to make it all the creamy white. I chose a lighter yarn that could be worn year round especially in the humid mid-Atlantic. Also yarn that could stand up to some rough use by my children. I’m more inclined to high quality wool but this rayon yarn has been a great yarn for summer knitting. I have one last lace panel to complete. And….let me tell you it has been a challenge. My negligence in leaving active lacework laying within reach of a toddler has put me in many setbacks. 436 stitches is a LOT of stitches to account for when something goes amiss. :::sigh::: Friday night was a bit of a nail biter as I had to figure out where that stitch count went wrong. The repetition in the lacework was so helpful in tracking down the mistake. But it wasn’t easy trying to sort it out with a curious toddler peering over my shoulder. He has been my ever present shadow. If all goes well this shawl will be done this week and be ready to wear by the weekend.