Shelley and I have been friends for over 20 years and this year she looked forward to (not necessarily happily or unhappily) a big birthday. We're only a few months apart and I know how she feels as my next big one is looming, too.
Over the last few months my plan has been do knit something special for Shelley. She loves clothes, jewelry (accessories of all sorts) and always brings her look together perfectly. Few of us have her talent of making a statement with every aspect of an outfit. She does it daily, which meant the gift had to be just the right thing.
Before heading back to the hospital for surgery I readied supplies for a project that felt like the right gift. If there was any hope of finishing in time I had to start while convalescing. A large ball of yarn was wound and tucked into a bag along with the pattern and needles. As soon as I came home, and felt up to knitting (a day or so), I started the project.
The pattern is Juno Regina by local designer Miriam Felton and it's been in my queue for a long, long time. Since it could be worn as either a stole or scarf, I knew Shelley would enjoy its versatility. The yarn, Geisha from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Raven series, is exceptionally soft, rich and elegant. Shelley loves black, purple, blue, green, pink…well, she loves most any color, and this yarn incorporated many of her favorites.
Getting started took at least 5 tries and after numerous episodes of frogging my brain finally figured out the pattern. After working the beginning lace diamond, the center of the shawl was easy enough, simple enough that I could knit and visit, knit and relax, knit and knit and knit. When it was long enough I worked the other lace end (no grafting!) and, while it took a few more frogging episodes, I made it to the end.
It felt like a big accomplishment, and for many reasons, it is very special to me. Shelley says it's special to her, too.
Pattern: Juno Regina
by Miriam Felton
(also on Knitty
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Geisha
70% Kid Mohair, 20% Mulberry Silk, 10% Nylon ~ Korppi
Needle: Addi Lace size 6
Time to Knit: September 20-October 9, 2009Raveled Here