It seems to be time for another finishing flurry. Thank you for your comments on EPS. It's one of my favorite sweaters ever and every one of you should try knitting a sweater with EZ as your guide. Now to on of the most beautiful shawls I've ever knit. This shawl certainly evokes the trees and groves of a forest; a beautiful forest of fall colored maples, with the sun dancing over the leaves, the roots diving deep to drink a last bit of water before heading into a long winters sleep.
The design and yarn color were perfectly suited for either the spring green of aspen leaves or the warm richness of red maples in fall (the two colorways available). Miriam is a genius when it comes to elegant lace and Anne is a goddess of beautiful yarn colorways. Together they created one of the most beautiful projects I've ever knit.
The first section is designed to mimic the leaves of trees as they dance in the sun. The lace patterning is knit on both sides of the fabric, which makes this the most complicated section of the shawl. It's worth the extra effort as the leaves are beautifully formed.
The second section evokes the trunks of the trees, complete with twists and knots. This section was easier to get into a rhythm, but a knitter must keep an eye out for the subtle changes as the trunks twist and the knots of branches form.
The final section shows the roots working their way through the soil to find needed nutrients. This was such a fun section to knit, but there was still the pitfall of knitting a row when one should be purling. The garter stitch is effective, but reading and checking the pattern on every row (to see if it should be a knit or purl row) will keep a knitter from a visit to the frog pond. (Doesn't every forest have a frog pond?)
Aspen Grove is a forest of beauty, of color and of exquisite lace.