Monday, April 2, 2012

shower shawl

I have been working feverishly on a certain project for two weeks now, but because the recipient is an occasional visitor to this blog, I had to keep it strictly under wraps.

But now I can finally do the big reveal!

The bride-to-be was a 4-Her when my sons first joined the club. She has always had a special place in my heart, and messages me on facebook or comes back to visit from time to time. She loves fiber arts of all sorts and even taught herself how to spin when she was in high school. When I received the invitation to her shower a month ago, I was incredibly slow off the mark. She is the perfect recipient of a knitted gift, but it took me an embarrassingly long time to think of it.

I decided to knit her a little shawl in her wedding color, which is plum. She may not need it for her May wedding, it may not match her dress, she may already have something in mind to wear, but I thought it would be a sweet reminder of a special time in her life.

The pattern choice was easy: the Citron shawl from Knitty Winter 2009 immediately came to mind. I didn't initially see the appeal of the pattern when it was first published—silly me—but the more I worked on it I the more I appreciated the clever simplicity of it. I decided to bead the edge to give it a little weight, and they added just the right amount of dressiness.

I cannot emphasize enough how much I love, love, love the finished result. I didn't even try it on for pictures, because I possibly would never take it off, that's how much I love it. Knowing that it is going to a person who will appreciate the heck out of it (I think) makes it somewhat bearable.

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