FO and a Contest
March 31, 2014
Good morning! First, an FO.
At least my part of this O is F’d. Niece Kristin has been steadily knitting away on dishrags and Honey Cowls, and wanted to make her first sweater. After some Ravelry browsing, she chose Sambuca. Sambuca is the perfect sweater for someone with a perfect waistline. I also love the placement of the colorwork in the body instead of the yoke.
As an extension of my cast-on service for new knitters, I knit the neck and raglan increases down to the join-up stage, and now I’m mailing it to Kristin for the straightaway robo-cranking of the body and sleeves, including the Fair Isle bits. I figure she will absorb the basics of top-down sweater construction just by having this thing on her lap for a few weeks.
So, CONTEST TIME.
The Situation: I volunteered, of my own accord and wild enthusiasm, to knit a wedding shawl. The wedding is at the end of May. 2014.
Not knitting many shawls, or at least not many shawls that are not worn as scrunched up schmattahs, I spent 19 years looking at shawls on Ravelry, with no discernible narrowing of the field. I just don’t have the Shawl Eye. The shawls I favor are never Statement Shawls or Big Life Event Shawls. And I think that’s what is called for. This shawl is going to be part of a tender young someone’s trousseau, for Pete’s sake. It has to be good.
So the contest is to suggest shawls to me. Here are the guidelines, and a hint that may or may not be important (it will depend on the shawl).
1. In the comments, put a link to a shawl pattern.
2. The pattern needs to be currently in print. (Given my deadline, I prefer a downloadable pattern, but if it’s in a book that’s available online, that’s fine.)
3. Please also suggest a yarn that is currently available.
4. Post your comment by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. NYC time.
The Hint: The bride has Scottish heritage, so I’m intrigued by the idea of a Shetland shawl. I do not limit the field to Shetland shawls, but a Shetland or Shetland-tradition shawl could have particular appeal. The bride likes fancy and feminine. So don’t choose based on my own more plainspoken, still-wearing-Eileen-Fisher-sackdress-purchased-in-1987 taste. Looking to please a chic, elegant bride who is dear to me, while still choosing something that I can actually knit in 6 weeks or less.
The Prize: I will pick one entry based on wanting to knit the shawl, and I will choose a second winner by random drawing. Each winner will get the pattern and the yarn for the shawl they suggested. In case of 2 people suggesting the same shawl, the first suggester of the shawl wins. Please only enter once; I’ll delete multiple entries. Trying to actually pick a shawl!
I know this is a weird contest but I feel there is a lot of shawl knowledge out there and I need to find a fast way through the thicket.