I write this to the future, when it will be the day after Memorial Day in the U.S. I currently abide on the pleasant, lazy plane of Memorial Day itself, which I’m spending with big kids, little dog, and friends “at the beach,” which really means near a beach.
The weather this weekend has been a mix of beachy and very-much-not-beachy. In other words, perfect wearing conditions for a light little wrap you can toss over the shoulders (beachy) or wind around your neck as tight as you can to hold in any stray thermal units generated by your body (not beachy).
So it’s lucky I brought my gloriously finished and blocked Albers Shawl out here. It has been much (constantly) worn, and much (genuinely) admired. For it is the perfect summer scarf. (It’s a small shawl or a large scarf, depending on one’s personal sense of proportion. Since I wear all shawls and scarves, large or small, the same exact way, scooched around my neck, it makes no difference to me.)
Styling Tips From My Clothesline
Maybe it’s my all-blue wardrobe, but the Albers Shawl looks good with everything.
with the oversized Breton tee i wear all the time except when it’s hanging on the clothesline.
With the plaid dress I over-dyed with woad that time in France when we experienced Mass Woad Hysteria.
On my daughter (where my nicest accessories tend to end up).
Put your Albers in the air like you just don’t care.
The Fly in Our Ointment
In the course of knitting my own Albers Shawl, I discovered an error in the pattern.
Long story short, the gauge and dimensions given in the pattern do not match the (verified) (re-verified) gauge of the sample we used for photography.
We don’t know how this happened. I do know that it is devilishly hard to measure gauge on this shawl; so much depends on which way you stretch it during blocking. But we got it wrong.
While gauge often doesn’t matter on a scarf, it does matter here if you are trying to knit with the specified quantities of yarn and colors. If you knit to a larger gauge (as I did), you may run out of yarn. (As I did. I ran out of Color A, two rows shy of where I needed to go; I didn’t run out of any other colors.)
We hate when pattern errors happen, and we apologize to everyone.
(This was an error, but in the knitting, not the pattern. i didn’t see it until I was blocking it.)