inspired by the grand maples of new england, whirlygigs of light lacy panels descend from the shoulders of this shawl into a dramatic hem of swirling, richly carved leaf shapes. a tonal variegated yarn emphasizes the dancing lines of the motifs to perfection.
my friend kim has been supplying yarn for the autumn shawl series ever since it was just a swatch and a little gleam in my brain a year ago; her inspired colorways have married so well with the concept, i wonder now if the shawls could be the same without them. i love teaming up with kim; she will email me in the night to show me new colors she is excited about—many a time we have commiserated at weird hours as only true fiber lovers can do. if you haven’t had the pleasure of working with her yarns, you must take a look at her wonderful shop of delights (and have i mentioned lately that she also blends the best hand creme ever??).
rachel really came through this week on proofreading in the middle of her travels; we bow to her diligence and good humor.
and we must thank my wonderful knitting friends who tested the pattern and gave us more colorways to dream on:
nan, who worked hers up in the oakmoss colorway (go see!), and emailed me with delight every few days
vanessa who has the fastest needles in the west, who knit the sample in the chiquita colorway, above
jocelyn who is working hers in a gorgeous cream color—totally different and exceptionally lovely
and hattie, also knitting in chiquita, who works, has kids, and knits like a fiend; how does she do it all?
and of course, david—it just wouldn’t be the same without fantastic photos, would it?
thank you one and all for your support and enthusiasm for another great team project completed.
let’s go crazy with pictures . . .