Here is my lovely Mother modeling the Kiri Shawl that I made for her for Christmas. Can you see the family resemblance? So often I am told how much I look like my mother and I love it. She often reminds me of a time when I was just a little girl, sitting on the bathroom counter watching her put on her makeup. I would intently watch her and marvel in her beauty and tell her how much I wanted to be as beautiful as her when I grew up. Well, I got my wish, and I couldn't be happier.
I've often said that I am a very selfish knitter. When I spend so much time and energy making something beautiful, I often want to keep it for myself. However, if there was ever a person who is worthy of such time and dedication, it is my mother. She is a talented knitter herself, and knows and appreciates all the love that goes into any handmade gifts. She also loves lace shawls and although I really enjoy making them, I don't usually wear them. It's a knitting match made in heaven.
|This is more true to the color|
Here, Cupcake and I are contemplating weather or not I can get 2 more rows out of the tiny little bit of yarn that is left there. I did not. As the rows get larger and larger, they take a surprising amount of yarn and I was forced to add the second skein in for the last row and cast off row. Thank goodness I had gotten that second skein, which I couldn't have done if it weren't on sale.
Blocking this sucker was an absolute bitch. Some of the points came out very nicely and others I couldn't pull out well at all. Things might have gone more smoothly if I could have used my blocking wires, but unfortunately they have been packed away. They are 'some where safe', which means they I have no idea where the hell they are. So, I did the best I could with what I have. Meaning lots of sewing pins on a towel, on my living room floor.
See what I mean about the points? It's not perfect, but when worn, you can't see all the little imperfections. From this point, it was just a matter of keeping Cupcake from running over it. Of course, this was the point where she thought a round of 'fetch the squeaky toy' was absolutely imperative.
This wraps up the gift knitting and I am now back to knitting for myself. I'm already working on a spring cardigan and am actually almost done with it. I look forward to sharing it soon. Even if spring is a long way off. Maybe it's wishful knitting to be working on a project for warmer weather when the temperatures are in the -40 below region. I leave you with a picture of what -42 degrees looks like here in Alaska.
Looks like a perfect day to snuggle under a blanket with Cupcake, my knitting and a hot cup of tea. Which is exactly what I did. Stay warm, my friends.