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2011–The “Summer of Shawls”

Completed yet another shawl this summer, the Heartland Lace Shawl, designed by Evelyn A. Clark. I knitted it in the DK weight of Misti Alpaca Pima/Cotton blend that I purchased from my favorite LYS — Atkinson Farm Yarns.

This shawl is unique in that I actually used the yarn that I purchased the pattern for. Normally, I start a project with one type of yarn and end up using a different yarn for one reason or another. But this yarn was a dream to work with and so soft to touch that I did not want to put it down. That’s why it took me only ten (yes, 10!!) days to complete the project! I spent a few nights knitting ‘way into the early hours as I was so fascinated by the pattern and the softness of the cotton/silk blend.

I was a bit worried as to how it would block, but as you can see, it blocked like a charm. I can’t wait to wear this shawl. Yes, folks, this one is for ME, ME, ME!

But, not to worry, I already started on another Christmas shawl;

this one is a beautiful blue tonal lace weight from Knit Picks. The pattern is Charlotte’s Easy Lace Shawl, designed by the wonderful designer Lily M. Chinn. The pattern itself is very, very, very easy. Almost boring, in fact. But it’s looking great and I think I’m about half-way through the ball. I am hoping to have this one done by the end of August 2011. I already have another shawl in the que for another Christmas gift.

At this rate, I’ll get everyone’s shawls done early. At least that’s the plan.


The Yarn Not Taken*

*With deepest apologies to Robert Frost 🙂

Two yarns emerged from the yarn shop bin,

One hand dyed, one-hundred-percent wool, a beautiful spin.

Its colors shone in the shop’s afternoon light.

The dyer’s skill, it seems, was just right.


I could knit it into a gorgeous shawl,

Add a beautiful pin and be the belle of the ball….

No, wait! Maybe make a lovely sweater,

Using a pattern to make the colors shine better and better!


Next to it, I spied a skein of sock yarn,

Kettle-dyed, its colorway reminded me of an old barn–

Reds and browns, even a hint of heather.

Ah! Socks that could be worn in any weather!


Washable wool and very soft to touch,

I checked the price– it was not too much!

I stood in the shop, both yarns in my hands,

Knowing that new yarn was not in my budget plans.


I thought: “The holidays are coming. I can make great gifts,”

“Or some charity knitting to give someone’s spirit a lift.”

I quickly calculated the cost of both treasures,

And added in my knitting time pleasure.


 Two yarns emerged so I made my decision,

From the heart and, perhaps, from some future vision.

Two yarns emerged from the shop in Vincennes…

And I? I took them BOTH and that has made all of the difference!