I’m so excited today to finally show you the finished A Walk in the Woods shawl! I bought the kit back in February. I cast on in May and I finished in early July, after which there was the usual avoidance of blocking. But a couple of weeks ago I finally blocked it (and seriously, why do I avoid this? It doesn’t take that long, especially with a simple triangle like this one) and took some photos.
Turns out the pergola is the perfect spot for photographing hand knits. It provides lovely filtered light and the wood is clingy enough that the wool sticks right to it.
The pattern is really enjoyable and easy to follow. It looks like a very complicated design but trust me when I say that’s not the case. If you can follow a simple chart you can knit this with ease.
Those pergola rocks make a great back ground for the hand knits, too. Finding multiple uses for this space is fantastic considering it that it was rather . . . spendy.
The final reason for the delay in sharing this project with you is that I had to wait for the recipient to get it. Yep, I gave this one away. To KYM. Remember how she helped me so much with our front garden design? I couldn’t think of the proper way to truly thank her for that help. I considered just sending her a check – too impersonal. I considered a gift card to White Flower Farm – but couldn’t decide how much would be enough. And then one day, as I was pondering and knitting, I truly looked at this shawl and thought – this doesn’t belong to me, this belongs to Kym. The color combo . . . the simplicity of the design . . . even the name of the pattern . . . they are all just her style. I mailed it off last week and when she (finally!) came home from Up North it was waiting for her.
Word is she’s pretty happy with it. And I’m pretty happy about that.