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Seraphim Shawl

I finished my Seraphim shawl in record time – only 2 weeks from start to finish! I had the perfect opportunity to wear it Tuesday night as Dale and I were going to give a talk on Civil War reenacting at a local library. I insisted that we squeeze in a photo session before we left the house.

Here’s a smirk only a husband can appreciate.

While I don’t intend for this shawl to be exclusively for reenacting, I do think it goes very well with my red day dress. And because I know someone will ask, no I did not make this dress myself. My dear friend Wendy made it for me. I did put on the trim, though.


The yarn, as you may recall, is my handspun from an Indigo Moon blend of merino, silk and alpaca. I knit one less pattern repeat than called for as I was worried that I would run out of yarn – and I would have. But the shawl is plenty big as it is so I’m not sorry about making it a wee bit smaller.


The stockinette portion went very quickly and the lace charts are easy to follow and make a really beautiful pattern all along the edge of the shawl. Miriam is an excellent designer and this shawl is just one of many gorgeous patterns available on her web site. Just sayin’.


I really love the way it comes together at the point in the back.


It’s very warm and very soft and very cozy. I spun it myself and I knit it myself and I absolutely love it!


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  1. I NEVER comment on posts with this many comments, but your pictures are so stunning that I had to. You look so authentic in that dress and shawl that it is eerie. Are you sure you weren’t a Union wife in a previous life?

  2. just look at you!!!
    Fabuloso – definitely gorgeous.
    what a great shawl – and it looks perfect with your red day dress too. (I predict that it will also look marvelous over a turtleneck and jeans 🙂

  3. My heavens that is perfect! I love the shawl and the dress, and it makes it even better that you spun in (in amazing fashion I might add!)

  4. You look absolutely beautiful. I know you say that you don’t mean for the shawl to always be a part of your reenactment clothing, but I do love the idea that a handknit item, as it would have been created in the past, is a part of your outfit. You could seriously have a little Civil War era knitting group and make socks for the soldiers.

  5. As good as it gets. Five stars.

    DD’s studying the Civil War at school right now, so seeing you in your reenactment clothing is a real treat for her.

    You are an inspiration.

  6. Your shawl is beautiful. I love the whole ensemble, it goes with that dress perfectly.

    Also – I made your stroganof recipe last night – and now my pants don’t fit. That is my absolute highest compliment!

  7. Oh Carole, that is beautiful! I can’t believe you knit that in only 2 weeks. That’s amazing. It makes it all the better that is made from handspun too.

  8. oh. my.
    Just gorgeous – congratulations on a wonderful shawl (spin & knit) !!!

    And you look great in your “red day dress.”

  9. It is nothing short of remarkable. Congratulations on such a gorgeous culmination of such an impressive amount of work.

  10. Fantastic. Just fantastic. I can only imagine the looks on someone’s face when you tell them that you spun AND knit it yourself.

  11. Beautiful shawl and great get-up, and you spun the yarn, too!!!? Gorgeous.
    That’s one of the nicer shawl patterns I’ve seen. Not too lacy. Not too plain. Just right.

  12. The Seraphim is breathtaking, and really does go beautifully with the red dress. But, I must know … how many yards of fabric are in that dress?

  13. What a gorgeous addition to your lovely outfit! The shawl is perfection, but I’m swooning over the giant rickrack, too. 🙂

  14. Amazing! You did a fantastic job and I’m still amazed at it only taking 2 weeks. Gulp! Oh that dress is sooo cool too.

  15. This is the most beautiful shawl ever! And it looks fab over your gown. The pattern, colour and size – all just great! You’re making the kind of stuff I’m aspiring to do, as long as I can make it through all the beginners’ stuff first! Wow – what a boost and kick of inspiration you gave me! Thanks.

    Have a great week!

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