I can’t believe that it is already December. Did anyone else feel like November just flew by? I try to make my own Christmas gifts when I can, and am planning on sharing some that I have made in past years.
I made this shawl for my mom for Christmas 2011. It always seems like she is cold, so I wanted to make her something that she could wear around the house when reading, watching tv, etc without it being too heavy and large. I found Purl Bee’s wedding shawl pattern, and knew that would be perfect for her. I chose a silk/bamboo blend [Paton’s Silk Bamboo yarn in cream to be exact] for the yarn because it is warm without being too heavy. It also has a great drape, which is nice for a shawl. The yarn that I chose is heavier/bulkier than the yarn used in the pattern, so my shawl was not as airy as the original. I also tend to be a tight knitter, so my stitches are closer together, but the pattern is still well defined. The combination of the yarn and the closer stitches make it perfect for staying warm through New Hampshire winters.
I found the pattern to be really straightforward and well written. Thanks to the repetiveness of it, I was able to knit without always glancing at the pattern, which I always find to be nice – especially on a project of this size. The finished shawl was about 22″ by 60″. I did find that the edges curled a bit, but blocking after every wash should fix that. My mom uses it so often that she permanently keeps it in the living room on the back of her rocking chair when it is not in use.