today i have for you the release of my second design for the wool girl victorian authors club, a pretty, flirty shawlette or shawl that was part of the july shipment for that club.
i was honored to be asked to design the installment focusing on virginia woolf, one of my literary heroes. jen chose mrs. dalloway as the literary inspiration, which i loved, because the story takes place in june at the height of the flower season.
virginia woolf was a gardener too and loved her flowers, so i set about searching for just the right stitch patterns to create a floral, botanical feeling, but in a fresh, modern way.
the final colorway from malabrigo was lovely—a bright pink, but in a good way, with streaks of cantaloupe, lavender, and white throughout; the kind of color that brings roses to one’s cheeks.
and just variegated enough to provide a wonderful quick movement in the fabric.
i remembered an undulating leaf pattern i’d been wanting to use in something and wondered if it would work for a hem—it sure did look like hydrangea leaves to me. this flower is not from a frillibet hydrangea, but you can find it by googling.
or even a lot like the veining in these caladium leaves.
i really liked the idea of linking it with the hydrangeas, since they are mentioned in mrs. dalloway and are wonderful during the month of june, when they are freshly blooming.
i found a nice, small eyelet pattern to use for the pup part of the shawl that has an amazing resemblance to the slightly pointed, overlapping petals of a mophead hydrangea flower, like the pink one above. they worked perfectly together and i got started right away on the knitting.
when i sent photo to jen, she was really happy—that made two of us! i love this piece and karolyn, who test knit it, agreed—she loves pink and this one was very appealing. plus the pattern is a fun knit; what’s not to love?
many thanks to jen at wool girl for inviting me to participate in this project; it was truly an honor to design something that celebrated one of my favorite authors.
and to the lovely helena, who brings a fresh young spirit to the day, thank you!
helena got accepted to a very competitive theater program in our area this summer and is now spending six days each week immersed in classes for acting, voice, and dance. we miss seeing her here, but we’re also thrilled for the new opportunities opening up to her.