The Flower Basket Shawl had been on my “to knit” list for ages – before I even started knitting lace, in fact. The problem was, I had sort of moved beyond a beginner lace project and I wasn’t all that interested anymore. Then I had a moment of brilliance and decided to knit a Flower Basket Shawl for my dear friend Lois’ birthday.
The yarn is some unknown hand painted lace weight I had in the stash and the colors are perfectly Lois. While I generally prefer to knit shawls with solid color yarns, I do think this pattern works well with the variegated yarn. I knit 14 repeats of the flower basket pattern and used a size 4 Knit Picks options needle. It took me just about two weeks to complete the project. Hannah was thrilled to model it for me this week and I gifted it to Lois last night. She’s even more thrilled than Hannah and has promised to wear it on her European cruise this summer.
I suppose that one of my handknit items cruising through Europe is almost as good as cruising through Europe myself.