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One Week

On Friday I went shopping for a new dress to wear to a wedding we are going to this Saturday. I tried on a bunch and found one that I actually liked. Here’s the thing, though – it was sleeveless – and I sort of hate the way my arms look. As I stood there in the dressing room, looking at myself in the mirror and contemplating my options I reminded myself that it was $30(!!) and I reasoned that I could wear a shawl to cover my arms. I know wearing a shawl all evening isn’t practical but I also know that once I have a martini or two in me I won’t care so much how my arms look and I can take it off. It was a little big but it was $30(!!!) and I figured Lois could fix it up so that it would fit me just fine so I bought it.

It’s a pretty floral pattern that actually reminds me of Monet’s waterlilies with lots of green and a bit of lavender and purple thrown in. As I was driving home from the store and mentally running down the list of shawls that I have I wasn’t really hitting on anything green. Nevertheless I was sure I would find something that would match once I got home.

You know where this is going, right? There was nothing. No. Thing. That. Matched. Not green, not purple, not lavender. There was, however, some lovely green Douceur et Soie yarn in my stash, that blended perfectly with the darkest green in the dress.

I can totally knit a flower basket shawl in a week.

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  1. Having just spent more than $30 for a dress to wear to my daughter’s graduation, I think your plan is sound! I hope work doesn’t get in your way too much! šŸ™‚

  2. Of course you can! I knit a Diamond Fantasy Shawl in just a bit over a week, and that included the need to rip out several repeats when I inadvertently reversed direction.

    Knit like the wind, Bullseye!

  3. I have faith in you. I think that’s about how long it took me to knit and that was when the boys were little. Now I could probably knock one out in a couple of hours. LOL. Just kidding.

  4. A shawl in a week? You can totally do that Carole. And if not, purple and green are my favorites. I know I have at least one shawl you can borrow.

  5. Yes you CAN! Easy Peasy for you Carole!! Gorgeous color and can’t wait to see photos of you wearing it. šŸ™‚

  6. Seems reasonable, so far. I will point out that leaving time for blocking is a good idea BEFORE the night before you need to wear it. Not saying how I know this or anything, just that it is true.

  7. I completely did not know where this post was going until the end of it. Knit on!

  8. That was the first shawl pattern I ever knit. I hope you post a picture of the whole ensemble.

  9. I *know* you can do it! Can’t wait to see the finished product draped over your beautiful shoulders & matching perfectly with the good-deal-dress!

  10. Good luck, Carole. You have a big, but not impossible task ahead of you. Seriously, with such a good deal on a dress I really liked, I’d probably be tempted to do the same thing. Can’t wait to see pictures!

  11. This post is so much like my brain it’s scary. Except, unlike you, I’d probably finish it enroute to the wedding and wear it unblocked (but then like you, after a couple of drinks , who’d care? you’re happy, at a celebration and dancing. Life is too short to worry about bingo wings)

  12. I’m with thecommenter who said she’d finish on the way to the wedding and wear it unblocked. Thank goodness for martinis!

  13. Beautiful yarn and pattern! Good thing you’re a knitter, right?? Can’t wait to see the finished shawl!!

  14. Oy! Go at it, Carole – just don’t make any errors that require ripping. My friend’s “wingspan” would totally have been finished for her birthday on Saturday if I hadn’t had to reknit triangle three three times.

  15. Fer sure! I too have the “hate my arms” thing and every top for sale is either sleeveless, or has cap sleeves. I bought an elbow length cardi and a shrug and no more waving triceps!

  16. What a great looking green, and the texture of the yarn is looking wonderful. You have to show us a picture of you dressed up in your outfit!! Ha, I love the after the martinis I won’t care comment! Right on. Congrats on your awesome find of a great dress for $30 also- that is remarkable.

  17. I love that color SO MUCH! If it’s not almost done by Thursday, you can probably find a little jacket somewhere. It won’t be too early for white, and I bet that would match.

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