Monday, February 05, 2007

Keep your mitts off my shawl!

Which is the unofficial name of the shawl I knitted for E. The official name, from Victorian Lace Today, is "Shoulder Shawl in the Syrian Pattern". Yarn: 3 skeins of Douceur et Soie by Knit One, Crochet Too. A baby mohair and silk blend.



E was always stealing my Birch shawl, so last summer, when we were at a good yarn shop on vacation, I let her choose yarn to make her a shawl of her own. She wanted a Birch, just like mine, but in this light blue, which is her current favorite color. I didn't want to knit another Birch, so I stalled. I casually showed her other shawl patterns. She was onto me. She was recalcitrant.



Then, for Christmas, my mom got me the book Victorian Lace Today. E flipped through it. E fell in love with this shawl. I might note that the center pattern is one of the simplest lace patterns ever and in no way resembles the leaves that she loved on Birch so much. But, it is a triangle, which was one of her major requirements.



The edging felt like it took forever, but it didn't really. Exactly a week of intermittent knitting time. I even knitted on other things during that week. I've discovered my knitting ADD can occur on any project at any time. I apparently get bored easily. Even by lace shawls. (Or cabled sweaters, or lace and cabled socks.)




She likes it! So, now she can keep her mitts off my shawl!

15 comments:

Karen said...

Wow... that is very pretty. Is that E?! If so, she certainly has grown into quite the young lady.

Knitting ADD, is that what it's called that I can't seem to complete anything I start? I have 3 scarves going, a pair of socks, and a dish cloth. Sigh...

Oh, keep an eye on your snail mail box... I'm mailing you something fun...

Michele said...

GOREGEOUS!!!!! I don't have the nerve to knit a shawl, much less wear one ;) YOU ROCK! I think I'd go blind reading a lace pattern, much less knitting one.

That's one lucky girlie!

my4blessings said...

That's a LOVELY shawl. Your knitting is gorgeous!

Queen Bee said...

Very very nice, Lara!!

J. Denae said...

Love it! Don't tell Bean that mom's knit shawls for their daughters... I have yet to finish one for myself!!

Stitchie Kiwi said...

Wow - that is gorgeous, and looks like a LOT of knitting. I suffer badly from Knitting ADD - hence I don't knit much, because I hardly ever finish anything. I'm MUCH better at finish stitching - although my WIP list might put some doubt on that! LOL

Brenda said...

The shawl is beautiful! Such a lovely, soft color, too. I'm glad E likes it. I'm glad I found your blog!

Floss said...

That's a beautiful shawl, Lara. You have one very lucky girl there!

LoisLane said...

Beautiful girl. Beautiful shawl.

Jae said...

I came over from the VLKal. The shawl is absolutely gorgeous!! E. is incredibly lucky to receive it.

Stefaneener said...

It's beautiful and so is she.

You just rock -- I can't believe how much you get done.

xsquared said...

That is SO BEAUTIFUL!

Sara Laughs said...

Gorgeous! And the shawl ain't bad either!

Heather said...

that is sooo beautiful! Tell E she is beautiful as always!

mel said...

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous! Your E is one lucky gal. I hope she appreciates the work you put into that.