A blog dealing with designing knit shawls, hats, and cowls, as well as living in New York City with pets including cats, dogs, and the Hubbie. :-D
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Harvest Basket Shawlette
The Harvest Basket Shawlette and I have a long and somewhat agonized history. You see, Harvest Basket is one of the first shawls I designed (somewhere in the first five for sure). And while I loved it and thought it would be beautiful, every time I tried to knit it, things went badly.
There was nothing wrong with the pattern, as a matter of fact, TK said that it was one of the simplest ones she'd knit for me.
But it didn't work for me. The first time I tried to knit it, I didn't like the yarn I'd chosen. The second time, I didn't like the yarn/pattern combination. So about that time I decided maybe it wasn't the yarn, maybe it was the pattern. Thus, the next time I tried to knit it, I tried to redesign the pattern, failing miserably. So I put the pattern on the shelf for a while. And then forgot about the poor thing.
Until about 6 months later. I was browsing through my old patterns (there are a surprising amount of those. Sadly, for most of them, it was love at the time they were designed, and now it's meh) and came across Harvest Basket and thought I'd give it another shot at redesign. But when I opened the file, I realized that it really was great as is. However, given our checkered past, I was reluctant to give it another try. Then I remembered...
I have a test knitter! TK! So I gave her a call and much to my joy and happiness, she agreed to take on the knitting of the Harvest Basket Shawlette. And she finished it in less than two weeks! (Did I mention that TK rocks?) In Malabrigo Sock in Terracota, the shawlette is soft and warm.
I'm a PhD student and lecturer in Biology in New York City. Hubbie and I have been married for over 10 years. We have two cats, a dog, and two tarantulas. I knit during every spare moment 'cause it's so much fun!