I started this shawl a little over 2 weeks ago during the never ending rain storms we kept having. It did practically rain for almost 2 weeks with a few days here and there that were sunny or at least not raining. Knitting this shawl ranked really high on the comfort knitting scale because of the garter stitch with simple increases and because of the color. On those dark and dreary days, picking up this shawl would lift my spirits up and bring a smile to my face. It is such a sunny and cheerful color. Even DH remarked about the delightful color when he saw me working on it.This was knit for a good friend's up coming birthday. She is going through some difficult times and I hope that this shawl will lift her spirits up every time she wears it or sees it. I see this as a comfort shawl. Something to drape over her shoulders when she curls up with a good book or maybe something to keep her warm on cold nights or chilly mornings.I knitted this while thinking about her and reflecting on our friendship over the years. It was very meditative. This shawl has a lot of good vibes and cheerfulness that I hope the recipient will feel. Maybe some people would think that I am asking too much from a shawl, but I believe in those things. I have seen the way a child would calm down as soon as she clutches her favorite blanket, so why can't a shawl bring comfort to someone?I had read reviews that this yarn has a tendency to worm because the yarn is spun around a core. Normally, I am a tight knitter, but for this I loosened my knitting and didn't have too much trouble. I only had to adjust the yarn every once in a while when the yarn loosened from the core. To make sure I had enough yarn, I knit 1.5 balls for the garter portion and then knit the pleated border with the other 1.5 balls. Even though I used less yarn than the pattern called for by making it smaller, it still turned out to be a good size.
Pattern: Mara Shawl by Madelinetosh
Needles: US 7/ 4.5 mm
Yarn: 3 skeins =447.0 yards of Debbie Mumm for Jo-Ann "Traditions", in the color: Bees Wax 13496