I started this shawl in February when Dave and I went to Portland for the weekend. Two of the sales women at Twisted were wearing theirs and I became absolutely smitten with the pattern. I've been working on it a few rows at at time in between all my cupcake hat and fingerless mitten knitting sessions. It has over 350 stitches per row at this point, so even just knitting 3-4 rows can take me up to an hour. I'm just so excited to almost have it complete. Now that the chilly, rainy weather is back (we've had such sunny days for the past week!) I'm even more anxious to finish it so that I can actually wear it before the sun comes back out in earnest.
Meanwhile, this week has been particularly difficult - for reasons I don't care to get into. But when I feel sad, I go to Ravelry. (Well... first I go to the Lord. Then I go to Ravelry!) So I spent quite a bit of time on Ravelry this week - and I found this gem:
Isn't it just divine? It's the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston. Oh My Word... I almost gave up on shawls after my mom's Shipwreck shawl last year, but wowie! I have a new found love and appreciation, and I can't WAIT to knit this.
I also love how I've been seeing people wear shawls lately, all bunched up around the neck instead of wrapped granny style across the shoulders. I can wear a bunchy shawl and not feel self conscious! Who wouldn't feel absolutely divine in the Aestlight shawl? So, that is my next project... (well, if by
"next" I mean the project that I get to knit for myself after I finish 3 pairs of socks, 10 cupcake hats, 5 pairs of fingerless mittens, my April Knit-Along project, my May Knit-Along project, etc, etc, etc).
On average I knit about 1 thing a year for myself, and I usually end up selling it at a craft fair at some point. But, regardless. I WILL knit this shawl, and it will be soon. Even if it means I'll be up knitting to 1 in the morning to finish that other stuff. :) Now to find the perfect yarn....