You’ll recognise this moment. The last stitch has been bound off, the project is nicely blocking, you sit down back in your chair and…
Why this feeling of sudden loss? That emptiness of hands? The sense that a great void is rapidly opening up in one’s cosy corner of creativity? That friend whom you went back to finish an enjoyable conversation with, only to find she is gone! Oh, the panic! Oh, that spiralling disquiet!
Project grief. It gets me every time.
This is a gift for my sister to celebrate the birth of her second son. I think it’s starting to become a tradition for me to knit a shawl to celebrate a baby’s birth. I was waiting for her to receive it before I showed it to you.
It’s Lillia Hyrna, from the Knitter’s Book of Wool.
It’s very pretty.
The beautiful yarn is Anna Gratton‘s Little Wool Co. 4 ply 100% wool naturals in Oatmeal and White.
This fingering (4ply) weight yarn is worsted spun which means the fleece wool has not only been carded but also gilled and combed to remove short fibres. This process allows the long wool fibres to lie in the same direction before spinning, resulting in a very smooth strand that is perfect for shawls. Also, the grade of New Zealand Corriedale wool selected for this yarn is a very fine micron, which means the yarn is also extremely soft, and perfect for against-the-skin wear.
I was very jealous sending this off. Now I have to knit me a shawl in Little Wool Co. 4 ply!
If you are thinking of knitting one of these for yourself, I encourage you to read my notes here. Although technically, there is nothing really wrong with the pattern (one very small errata is already mentioned on the pattern page), I did find it a tad frustrating to knit because some of the design elements were not to my taste (such as incomplete lace motifs along the centre increase panel). My notes might help you to anticipate what you’d like to do at the points in the pattern that I mention if they concern you like they did me.
Overall, it is a lovely pattern, and I am pleased with how it turned out, and glad that I knitted it.
As for the void? Do not worry, it has been rapidly filled by a veritable flood of new (and current) projects. Although I think I also hear another shawl calling my name…