Yes, my love affair with shawls continues. I loved this pattern at first sight when Kirstin showed preview photos on her blog. She has graciously offered the pattern for free, but suggests that you make a voluntary donation to Alzheimer's and dementia research. Fair trade, right? Plus, it's a worthy cause. My grandfather in Hong Kong is suffering from Alzeimer's and Parkinson's Disease and we just got word last month that it is getting worse. Currently, my mother and my aunt are in Hong Kong visiting my grandfather.The pattern calls for a Lace Weight Yarn, but I was inspired to use a Worsted Weight by JulieFrick (Ravelry Link) when I saw her version of the shawl made with 1 skein of Brooks Farm Riata. I happen to have 1 skein of this yarn in my stash from my 1st trip to Rhinebeck 2 years ago. The yarn is made with Wool, Mohair and Silk, so you can imagine how soft it is. The color is amazing and I only wish that I could capture the color better with my camera.The pattern is super easy and it's easy to remember the repeating rows. Having said that, you may notice that one of my stockinette sections are shorter than the rest. I had put down the shawl for a couple of weeks and misread my notes when I picked it back up again. Whoops! Oh well, it's a just a design element that I added to the shawl. I really didn't want to rip back.As always, I feel that a shawl transforms itself when it's blocked. It's like magic. The beauty of the shawl does not reveal itself to me until it's dry and I take off the pins. I get so excited when the times comes to release the shawl. Stunning!
Pattern: Lavalette by Kirstin Kapur
Yarn: Brooks Farm Riata, 1 skein = 365.0 yards (333.8 m), color: MR89
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Size: 56 inches wide by 29 inches long from top to bottom tip