Our family is a circle of love and strength. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every obstacle faced together makes the circle stronger.The background is a tree, and leaves were on my mind to embody this artwork and its sentiments. Nikol Lohr's Woodland Shawl was perfect.
The yarn took a bit more trying, but at the end of February I found this beautiful MadTosh yarn at Loop in Philadelphia, colorway Magnolia Leaf.
The perfect embodiment of fall leaves. It was just a matter of knitting, and knitting, and knitting, after that.
I finally finished it up mid-summer, but then became stuck on how to do the beading. The shawl was intended to be a true sister shawl to the prayer shawl I had made many years ago for her sister. Her sister's shawl had ten beads on each side, so the wearer could use it to say a rosary if she chose.
The leaf-shaped beads I found were larger than the seed beads I am used to knitting with. The color and theme were too perfect not to use them, so I stewed for months over the best way to attach them to both ends. I finally made myself sit down during our power outage after Sandy, and work it out through trial and error.
I'll explain how I did the beading tomorrow!