I took your kind advice today, found a warm place in the sun, snuggled up under the dandelion stole, and let the day potter by quietly and peacefully whilst I worked at finishing my replacement shawl (the first one ended up around Nanny’s shoulders).
It’s a combination of Laura Chau’s Simple yet Effective Shawl – I really enjoyed knitting this shawl so followed her instructions for the increasing – and Orlane’s Recipe for a Textured Shawl. I just love the stitch she uses in this shawl – and then added some more texture on top.
Some textured stocking stitch, and two bands of a very wide basket weave which I then popped buttons on. The button idea was inspired by the cape in here (check out the back cover!). And then I added a Cinnarbar edge to the Malabrigo kettle dyed worsted … oh dear! I don’t know what shade of pink it is! I threw away all the tags! Is it Pagoda, Damask or Dusty? Hmph.
This is glorious wool – it has an almost felted quality and a lovely subtle variegation to the the colour and texture. Oh and the pink in the fringe is a Debbie Bliss Tweed. So pretty. So delicate.
And the Mrs. Weasley bit – w-e-e-e-e-ll – I have to confess, I secretly love Mrs. Weasley’s sense of style and home decorating. I adore layers of colour and pattern and clutter and prettiness and eccentricity. I would love to live in the Burrow and have my needles knitting away in the corner. :-)
And if I cannot be Mrs. Weasley, I would be happy to take up Professor Sybil Trelawney‘s position! I even went dressed as her to the last Harry Potter Book Launch – teacup and all – and even got to read our esteemed Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s, tea leaves. All very funny! Of course, the funniest bit is, I didn’t have to buy anything new or visit the thrift store for my costume – much to my mother’s dismay, my own everyday clothes were just perfect! :-)
So now I have a bona-fide Mrs. Weasley shawl. Only someone else is wearing it.
She says she will return it when her poncho is done. Huh! I’ll just wait till she goes to bed.