Wednesday, April 01, 2015

wip Wednesday Aristida shawl

Late February, it was like this: I see snow flying in the umpteenth storm, then the invitation to my cousins' beach wedding in Key Largo on the fridge catches my eye, I go online, I buy tickets. On an impulsive roll, I go back online and buy a dress, and a shawl pattern download because I had 3 weeks time and the dress needed something.   Lori had just posted this photo of her Aristida shawl . I fell hard for the whole thing. Her styling.  Especially, especially, the bobbles and fringe.  I should add that I had already called my sisters to find out what "beach formal attire" meant. We concluded "Good Old Fashioned Hippy Party Clothes". Fringe!
A skein of Manos Fino in Peep Bunny Watered Silk later,  I cast on. As it turned out, my dress arrived about 10 pounds (of mine) too tight, so the coordinating shawl was moot. Whatever! I was heading out of the snow!  Although the shawl was pretty far along,  it was not done in time. Whatever, again! The weather was so beautiful, I didn't need a shawl. We danced like maniacs and dined under the stars in celebration of a beautiful couple. Three and a half days of Key Largo was heavenly.
And I totally enjoyed the knitting. This is such satisfying lace--not fussy, not so hard you need to stare at charts...lovely. With a 490  yard skein I figured I could throw in a full extra repeat, no harm.  I was mistaken. Only five rows to go.
My options: less shawl or more yarn.  NO WAY was I ripping, I have felt lately that all my shawls are just a little too small.  Doing without the bobbles and fringe? Out of the question. My LYS was out of the yarn. I posted a search on Ravelry.
How much do I love the world of knitters? Within a day I had 2 responses, and one, Jarah, offered to send me her skein, for me to use as much as I needed-- I'd guesstimated 100
yards, I mean, who knows? Probably less, right? -- and then send it back across the country to her.  Yes, I know, really! How wonderful and generous is that? Knitters are the best.

But I guess you already know that.
Before the wedding. We cleaned up. I even wore glitter 2" high flip flops. So much fun.

New classes on the schedule, teaching in New Jersey, May 2 & 3rd

Fiber College of Maine class signups just launched, for September - and the new website is a beauty. Join us there!


Carole Julius said...

Your trip sounds like just the thing to chase away the blues from this winter. And the colors of that yarn are beautiful!

Mary Lou said...

See, my advice to forget the bobbles and fringe would hav emeant you missed out on fun knitter connection. 2" heel flip flops! So dress up. Great picture of you and Dave.

margene said...

Dancing in Key Largo sounds like a little bit of heaven! You you look happy and relaxed! The shawl will be a nice reminder of the great knitterly connection.

Ellen Bloom said...

Your peep-blue shawl is gorgeous! Can't wait to see a really good photo of the finished piece!

Astrig said...

Can't wait to see the finished know the best time to wear one? In September in Maine! This year we'll be dancing to steel drums on Friday night.

cal said...

oh my, that color IS divine! i think they should change the name to Peep Blue. and yes, the wonders of the knitting community never cease to amaze...