Pattern: Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today
Yarn: Skaska Yarn picked up in Rhinebeck
Needles: US 3
For as long as I can remember, the Sister tends toward being cold. Cold hands, cold nose, just cold cold cold. So for her engagement/shower gift I knit a shawl that she could use during the reception where air conditioning would make her, you guessed it, cold. So I had her pick out yarn thinner than dental floss and I began to knit, rip, knit and rip.
I completed the shawl in time and I was pretty proud of it. It could have been a little longer and maybe a tad wider but I was trying to keep it smaller so it didn’t overwhelm the dress or her. On the night of the rehearsal, I gave her a box with the shawl inside. She opened it before I made it into the temple so I have no idea what her reaction was but I think she liked it. She wore it for the rehearsal anyway.
She did not wear it at her reception because there was no air conditioning. Am I annoyed? A bit. But what are you going to do?
I ended up enjoying knitting with dental floss and next time I’m at Rhinebeck, I am going to get more to make a shawl for myself. Except, not variegated and not light. After making this shawl I have strong opinions on what makes a pretty lace pattern and variegated and light colors are not it. If your shawl is made with either, it is very lovely but it’s just not my thing.
I used the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. I loved that pattern. If you are thinking of tackling a lace shawl but are afraid to do it, go with this one. It is very simple and repetitive but it looks impressive. The only thing, check for errata. I did but didn’t fully pay attention or understand what I found and ended up ripping out 14 pattern repeats (that’s 168 rows). That was not a happy day, but rather rip it out and be happy than embarrassed by what I made.