An incredibly lovely lady that I work with was diagnosed with breast cancer and very quickly whisked into surgery. Just before Thanksgiving she had a double mastectomy. I just finished and sent off the shawl - so I'm quite tardy in knitting her hug - but I did and mailed it.
I bought the yarn in early December and then trolled Ravelry and thought about what I wanted to make. In my mind I saw a pale pink half circle shawl. While I nailed the pale pink by using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Petal Pink - I did not get the shape I was going for - but I love the shape I ended up with.
It was after reading Karen's post on her Pop Spots Shawl that I found the lace pattern I ultimately used. Karen had 'pinned' the June Bunnies shawl pattern and I particularly liked the designers version where she staged the width of the lace. Because I'm a fan of things being odd - believing odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye - I made sure that whenever I started the lace - there were an odd number of repeats between each stitch marker. I worked 3 lace sections before finishing. (Mostly because 5 would have made it a blanket!)
|close up of lace - clashing with the pattern on my dress|
I thought I spent more time working on this than I did. This was a quick knit once I got it started and sorted out.
I really enjoyed knitting this - all the while I was thinking positive, healthy thoughts. I am a process knitter. Most people don't understand that. I sew to fill my closet, to have unique and comfortable clothes to wear - I knit to keep my hands busy. I do not take commission work - because that stressed me and makes me 'resent' the knitting. The flip side of that is - I chose what to knit and when. My hands are busy and only once have I wanted to keep the finished product when it was never intended to be mine.
I hope the recipient feels all the love knit into this hug as she wraps it around herself.