First Times are usually Good Times. They also tend to be -for better or for worse- memorable.
I hope the above proves to be right in this case.
Up to now, my knitwear designs have been published in various magazines and books. The Gypsy Shawl is my first self published design. Why this one should be the first? I wanted to start with a simple project that was also a memorable one for me. The Gypsy Shawl fit the bill. It is a very dear and personal project for me. It also has a nice story to go with it and the story goes like this:
Once upon a time on an island to the East of the great Hudson River; lived a loving husband named Mikhail. One day, as he was searching for a perfect birthday gift for his beloved wife, Angelica, he came upon a little yarn shop. A bright ray of light passed through his brain as he remembered his beloved was a knitter. He decidedly stepped into the charming shop. Overwhelmed by the variety of merchandise; he employed the help of the friendly shopkeeper. As they moved about the store; he suddenly laid eyes on a luxurious skein of silken mohair. The color and texture of the yarn reminded him of his beloved’s hair. The yarn was appropriately called “Maiden Hair” and almost instantly; he had decided on what his gift would be. Needless to say, such beautiful yarn was not inexpensive to acquire. Regretfully, our young (ish) man was by no measure a rich man. So, he had to settle on purchasing only a single skein.
With a heart full of love; he wrapped his gift and presented it to his bride on her birthday. She anxiously untied the soft package and her eyes sparkled at the site of what was inside. It was indeed a thoughtful and gorgeous gift.
Even as a novice knitter, Angelica knew that such exquisite yarn deserved to be knitted into something beautiful. Seasons came and hurriedly left and she never found the time or that special project for her Maiden Hair. Finally, she settled on shipping the beloved yarn half way across the world to a dear aunt in the hope of finding a right home for it. As the curse of the Maiden Hair was not to be broken just yet; the yarn remained untouched for another year at which time it was returned back to the land by the Hudson by Angelica’s aunt. Determined to bring a happy ending to the story; the aunt enlisted the help of Angelica’s older (& wiser) sibling, Aureole. A genius idea as this is how the Gypsy Shawl came to life.
The written pattern pattern for Gypsy Shawl is available at Ravelry.
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