If it's the end of November, which means Vicki was here two months ago! How can that be true!? Two months? Alta Retreat seems so long ago, but also like it was yesterday. Memories of autumn colors, the relaxing weekend, and the visit of a friend, are beginning to fade into the hubbub of life. It's hard to believe we're in the midst of the Holiday season and approaching a new year, a New Year, Christmas. Wow, just WOW!
Vicki was very focused on her Different Lines shawl whilst knitting during the Knitters Retreat. Because of dedication and focus she finished the shawl and we were able to fit in a photo shoot before she left. This is old news, I know and you've seen the picture of her beautiful shawl before, but this is a day I love to relive.
It can't be that long ago, can it? In any case, Vicki gave me one of her beautifully dyed skiens of "Virginia", a lovely soft pink she named for her grandmother. Inspired by Vicki's Different Lines, a shawl I had been unsure I would like or wear until I saw how lovely hers was, I started one of my own with her beautiful yarn.
The pattern was just as much fun to knit as Stripe Study, but different enough not to be redundant. It was pure entertainment. The short rows are quite amazing as they create a wide end and a short end to the stripes. Veera, the designer, has an eye for the elegance of asymmetry.
Simple techniques and stitches can create quite an impact when used in creative, unique ways. The shawl is light and airy, the fabric created with light fingering and a slightly larger needle. Ravelry details here.
This shawl is very dear to me, as it's made with the gift of hand-dyed yarn. It's a treasured hug from a dear friend. Thank you, Vicki!