Who really loves being in their own blog photos? No one.
I’m trying to show off my latest knitted projects, but I end up being more worried about how I look in the photos. Well, no more.
Meet Drusilla. Her services have been engaged to model for my blog. She’s very excited by this opportunity to break into knit wear modeling. Most of her family is involved in modeling sewn clothing, but she’s a bit of a rebel.
Drusilla Singer, professional knitwear model.
Now that Dru is on board, it’s time to present three special shawls, knitted over the last few months, which I’ve been saving for just such an occasion.
This Veera Välimäki design has been on the “Hot Right Now” list on Ravelry ever since it was published in December 2011. For much of that time, it’s been in the top three. Seriously.
Mom and I knitted our own versions of this shawl almost simultaneously this winter. And completely independently. We didn’t consult with each other; there were no household spies reporting our activities.
Since then, I’ve met at least a dozen other knitters who are knitting this shawl. Color Affection is a fiber-borne contagion. People have taken to calling it “Color Affliction,” “Color Infection,” ….etc. All kindly meant, of course. We knitters can be a competitive bunch; we all wish that we had been the ones come up with this design.
I knitted the lace weight variation of this shawl and have been wearing it constantly for the last six months. I used three colors of Madelinetosh lace weight merino in Calligraphy, Charcoal, and Nebula.
I’ve knitted more complex things before. I’ve knitted more time-consuming things before. But I’ve never received so many compliments on any project as I have on this shawl.
I knitted this design just after my trip to Yarnover in April. And thus began my love affair with Juniper Moon Findeley Dappled. This 50/50 merino and silk yarn is the most luscious thing I have ever worked with. Citron was not a complicated shawl–just row after row of stockinette. This is a pattern that could make you weep with boredom (sorry Hilary Smith Callis), but this yarn made me crave the opportunity to work on it. I knitted feverishly on this shawl–and only this shawl–for two weeks. And when I was done, I was sad…and suffering from just a touch of withdrawal.
Do I sound like I might have a problem with Juniper Moon Findley Dappled? Well I don’t! I can stop any time I want to. And to prove it, I decided to knit one more shawl in a different colorway. Because if I can knit two shawls with this yarn, and then stop cold turkey, then that would really prove that I’m not addicted to it.
I’m very proud to report that I’ve since transitioned to three new projects since finishing this shawl and the yarn I’m using is nothing like Findley. It’s fingering weight, for goodness sake. Mostly merino. Hardly any silk in it at all.
I decided to knit Dancing Cranes in honor of my So You Think You Can Dance Yarn Along. It reminds me of the long white scarf that Cyd Charisse twirled about with in Singing in the Rain. Or at least the original (very bridal) version in the pattern did.
I enjoyed knitting this shawl. The pattern wasn’t too complex, so was suitable for watching TV, but had just enough detail to keep me interested.
The day after I blocked it I wore it on a trip to the Great River Folk Festival. On the way, I stopped at Yarnology in Winona, MN, to pick up some roving for spinning practice. The ladies in the shop oohed and aahed over it and I had an “aw shucks” moment.
Color way: Fruits de Foret
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