Instead of Norma's desire to see me in a black senorita dress, with black heels and a red flower behind my ear, I opted for a bright green wall. (No black dress of any sort, no heels of any sort, and no red flowers are at my finger tips. This grrl didn't want to go shopping. You get what I got.) Although a red flower would have been nice.
Serendipitously, last Saturday we headed for a quick lunch at our favorite, local, fast food place, the Lone Star Taqueria (which has the best shrimp tacos anywhere). As we pulled into the driveway it hit us that the lime green wall would be the perfect backdrop for Frida. No doubt Frida Kahlo would be happy with our choice (although she would have preferred a dress and flower instead of jeans). It was fun to see the look on other patrons faces as they wondered what the heck that crazy lady with the shawl was doing.
Frida was a good companion, a good knit, a good place to put my head. She gave me a chance to knit without much thought and she helped relax and rewire my brain. Because I "let the knitting happen", the outcome of very long "tails" maybe a little too much.The tails are unwieldy and awkward, best worn tied behind the back like a Danish shawl, but the ruffle made a perfect ending and, overall, I love the shawl. (Better pictures of the long tails can be found in this post.) Frida is big, warm, soft and cuddly and on warmer days there will be no need to add a coat.
Shepherds Wool is a lofty, soft spun 3 ply, which creates the perfect quality for warm scarves, hats, mitts and shawls. The texture, and the hand, along with a nice selection of color, knit into a touchable drool worthy fabric. Frida is a very good friend who can brighten any gray winters day and keep a body warm.
Pattern: A cobbled mix of ideas from Cheryl Oberle, Mustaavillaa and Kay Gardiner
Yarn: Stonehenge Shepherds Wool -2 Garnet, 2 Turquoise
Needle: Addi size 9
Time to Knit: January 3 – January 29, 2010