I think you've met my good friend Lou before:
(blurry shot, but a nice one of her!)
Lou's one of the most special people in my life. I save the word special for really special folks, because using it makes me feel a little, uh, special. But it's true about Lou. Lou's had a rough couple of weeks. She took a spill in her house, and while she wasn't seriously hurt, ended up in the hospital for a while so the doctors could check her out, help her get a handle on some health issues, and make sure she's strong and comfortable enough to go back to her current situation. Can you believe this lady is 91 years old? I visited her last weekend, and she's doing much better than she was, almost back to normal. When you ask her how she is, she usually says "I'm kickin' for an old lady!" but this weekend she told one of the nurses, "I'm kickin', but not real high!" So I named this her kickin' shawl.
(you didn't see that end I forgot to cut off, did you? okay good.)
This is a combination of two patterns, the Summer Shawlette and the Comfort Shawl, both by Sandi Wiseheart (who has, like, the best name ever). I used the Summer Shawlette for its pretty lace panel on the back, although I only did it part of the way down, and the Comfort Shawl for its larger proportions. In addition, I used worsted weight yarn and went up to a size 10.5 needle, to make sure this would comfortably close with a shawl pin.
I made a couple of other modifications: notably I continued the eyelet line
at the shoulder where the back and side panels meet as a double line until I started the lace panel on the back. That's farther than the Comfort Shawl pattern recommends - for some reason it stops the inner side very early and it looked odd to me. So I stopped increasing as specified in the pattern, but continued the YOs and decreasing one stitch into the stitch next each eyelet.
Also, I told Lou it's a good thing she doesn't see too well because the lace is riddled with mistakes and foolish attempts to make up for them.
This was a great pattern when time is short - I was able to finish what is a large-ish capelet / shawl in about a week because the needles are so large. The Faroese design also makes a lot of sense as a comfort shawl, since these shawls are shaped to stay on the wearer's shoulders without much fiddling.
This was my first experience with Pure Merino. I wanted a superwash for this project, and this was one of the only yarns that Knitaway had stocked more than a few balls of (Knitaway! [shakes fist]). It ended up being a happy accident, because this color looked splendid on Lou, and the yarn is spongy and soft (if a tad splitty, my only mild gripe with it).
Since we left Chicago I've been checking up on Lou, and she's kickin' a little higher every day. She'll get to go home sometime this week. And I'm glad, because this means that she'll get to enjoy the shawl at home, when she's feeling good and comfortable, and kickin' higher than any old lady I know.Posted by jess at January 11, 2011 9:35 PM | TrackBack