One of my knitting goals this year is to knit at least 3 projects with my handspun. I’m about to show you project numero uno (practicing for Mexico donchaknow) – – – a Cedar Leaf Shawlette.
The yarn was spun from a lovely blend of polworth and silk that I bought from Josette of Enchanted Knoll at SPA 2011. I loved the colors and all but the thing I loved the most was the name of the colorway: Let the Mystery Be. That just so happens to be my favorite Iris Dement song ever and it’s fantastic that Josette named one of her awesome color combinations after it.
It took me just about a year to get those two braids spun into a DK weight yarn, mostly because I just don’t spin all that much. Once it was done, though, I was determined to knit something special with it and not just toss it into the basket of handspun with most of my other skeins. My search quickly led me to the Cedar Leaf Shawlette.
What a fun pattern that is to knit! The cast on is a bitch but stockinette short rows go quickly and then, just when you’re about to go crazy with all of that back and forth, you are done and ready to knit the leaf edging.
And that edging is the real star of the pattern. You knit along the edge of the shawl, using up all those live stitches as you go. And you wind up with a very long and very beautiful scarf. I started on February 12th and finished on February 24th and that right there should tell you how much I enjoyed knitting this design.
After it was finished and blocked the scarf just kind of sat in my bedroom, waiting for a photo shoot. I looked at it and admired it a lot but I just didn’t get the photos taken, which isn’t like me at all. And then I had an epiphany that completely explained why I was procrastinating on photographing, blogging and ultimately wearing this scarf. I realized that this scarf wasn’t meant for me, it was meant for my wonderful friend Margene. Margene, who loves Iris Dement like I do. Margene, who has the best attitude about letting the mystery be. Margene, who had just celebrated a birthday that I had barely acknowledged. Margene. Of course.
Once I realized that this scarf actually belonged with Margene, I immediately took these photos, using one of my quilts that Margene loves so much as a backdrop, and mailed it off to her.
Word on the street is she loves it.