Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A shawl for Sharon

Sharon of Needlegrrl! asked me if I could help her find a shawl that she could knit but wouldn't make her look like grandma. She's solidly built, not a wisp of a thing, so I had a bit of thinking to do. I asked her for a preferred shape and she said "Triangular." Hmm.

Well, now that I've had some time to think about it, I'm thinking nix the triangle. Every picture I've seen of older women from the turn of the century has a triangular shaped or square folded diagonally in half shawl draped over her. Her Matt would condemn it immediately as grandma (I can just tell, and you don't want to argue with a guy who looks fabulous in a kilt who is also capable of driving American roads with the steering wheel on the right side). So I'm thinking a rectangle would be better. There are many out there. Here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 . You lace knitters, what would you pick?

Don't look for me in June

June's going to be a very busy month what with Pride doings, chorus concerts, and a family reunion. You'd think that I'd want to take a weekend off to rest. Nah. The weekend of the 24th is this and after four years of missing it either from pure laziness to other events I'm going. I've signed up for a wheel maintenance and plying class on Sunday afternoon, so after spending the morning hunting for bargains I'll sit with Goody Baynes and learn how I can spruce her up and take care of the old biddy.


TheBunny said...

Well, it depends on what she wants it for. Michaela is lovely but it does look kind of dressy to me (not just because the model is dressed up).

For good 'ole comfort and warmth, I'd go with the Andean Treasure Shawl or Cozy. Those are cute dressed down. I started Cozy and have really liked how it looks so far and working on it but the Andean one looks fun too. Might have to try that myself.

Sharon Rose said...

Wow! I wasn't expecting such thorough help! :)

More info for you wonderful people: I have 2 skeins of SeaSilk, 150g each, in different colors. I wasn't thinking at all - I just loved both colorways and traded the LYS owner for acupuncture. Now I wish I'd gotten two the same so I could make a Tshirt or tank top. One is silver and bronze, the other red & orange. Pics on my blog.

I am not "elegant." I am at various times cute, geeky, sexy, gothy, comfy, casual... but as she said, not wispy. Even at my ideal weight I'm hourglassy and strong. I'm 4'10".

Matt has banned shawls because he hates the Bubaleh look. It's not a tradition thing, it's a shape thing. Can this be overcome? I seem to be drawn to the intricate patterns of Michaela & Print O the Wave, but I'm I'm open to suggestion. :) I've already done a Feather & Fan pattern.

FYI: "Sea silk is a new silk blend hand dyed by Hand Maiden Fine Yarn. 70% Silk/ 30% SeaCell ® in a lace weight yarn (32 sts/4 ”on 2.5 mm needles, or 28 st/4" on 3mm). It is wonderfully soft and shiny." 600m/656.17yds. each.

Sharon Rose said...

I just showed Matt 1-6. The only one he even kind of liked was the Print O the Wave. :(