Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Knitting FO: Spring Pea Shawl

Pattern: Passing Through Shawl by Debbi Stone
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce
I knitted my Grandma a shawl a couple of years ago -- from the beautiful Summer Flies pattern -- and I figured it was time for her to have something new. Her birthday was earlier this month and I thought that'd be the perfect occasion to give her a fresh shawl so she'd have it for fall's chilly nights.

I knew exactly what kind of pattern I wanted -- something warm with a pretty detail, preferably in worsted weight. I stumbled completely by accident upon just the perfect pattern in a knitting book a co-worker at the library had set aside for me.

The end result was exactly what I'd hoped for. I'm so glad I went with the green yarn; I was worried the lettuce colorway might be too lime-greenish and crazy, but it really goes fabulously with the pattern and I like to think it'll remind my grandma of spring flowers and sunshine when she dons it in the middle of dreary Indiana winter. I named it "Spring Pea" because the lace pattern in the green yarn is reminiscent of vines.

It ended up being great TV knitting, since the only part that required attention was the lace panel every other row. I finished up the audiobook of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and listened to all of Tina Fey's "Bossypants" while I worked on it. Audiobooks really can be the perfect accompaniment to knitting. I'm working my way through the entire Harry Potter series on audiobook (they're fantastic!) and it really couldn't be better: HP + knitting + a cup of coffee = a perfect afternoon!

Here's my grandma and me last weekend, when I gave her the shawl:


  1. I know Grandma loved her shawl that you spent a. Long time making just right for her. Pretty pattern and color.

  2. I had to peek at this shawl. I love the color and the cabled edge!



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