Another month, another shawl. Does this one look familiar?
F. is a pediatrician who finds time in her busy life to go on medical missions all over the world in order to take care of children who never have access to the medical attention they badly need. Like me, she can be prone to fear of flying, but she does not let it stop her. For a long time I had meant to make her a shawl that could keep her warm up in the air and bring her a bit of cosy-ness in her bare-bone quarters during those demanding trips.
It took a while to find the right yarn. F. wears black and warm shades of brown, so I knew that this mahogany colorway was perfect the moment I spotted it in Miss Babs' booth at Stitches West. Finding the right complement for the soft ruffle was challenging. I had my heart set on a solid yarn, but nothing felt truly special until I spotted this peachy variegated, breezily named "Let's Go". Those two colors were just meant for each other.
The two yarns are of slightly different weight; I used a #6 circular to knit the main section of the shawl, which took 2 skeins of Miss Babs' Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby Yarn in the Russet colorway. Then I switched to a #4 to knit the soft ruffle, with her Northumbria Fingering-Weight in "Let's Go". The ruffle used about two thirds of that skein.
I have just enough yarn in my stash to make a fifth travel shawl -- but for now I need a break from garter stitch, and two long-standing UFO's are in dire need of sleeves and allover attention. Just give me a month or two and I'll be ready to be triangle-obsessed once again.