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.
March 31, 2014
Dear Ann: Good morning! First, an FO. At least my part of this O is F’d. Niece Kristin has been…