A done deal

I do not wear shawls ever. Well, hardly ever. And I cannot imagine myself wearing this one. It is, however, beautiful. And warm. The pattern is a simple enough repeat that I knit it almost exclusively in dark places: the auditorium at the Memorial Art Gallery during lectures, sung compline at Christ Church by candlelight, a Rochester Philharmonic concert in Eastman’s grand theatre, and more than several recitals in which Kate has participated between last November and this past week when, finally, it came to an end and was finished and ready to block.

The pattern creates a fabric that wants to bias with a vengeance, and so requires vigorous, aggressive blocking both to open it, and to square it. Somewhere this past Tuesday, between a multitude of obligations, I found a window of time to hurriedly yank its damp self into a semblance of a rectangle and pinned it to a mattress to dry. Done! Click on the photo for the particulars. It will take you to the Ravelry page where I record such things.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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12 Responses to A done deal

  1. And, now having knit it, wear it. Become the person who wears shawl. Add to your everyday to have, every day, some luxury–and a reminder of how small acts become immense works of art. and how art can be an everyday thing. Its just beautiful. Wear it because you are the beauty that created it.

  2. Ann says:

    Mine is still on the needles. I think it’s the same pattern. Off to check!

  3. Ann says:

    Yep, that’s the one…yours is just beautiful, and in Brooklyn Tweed yarn (swoon) yes, please wear it!

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  6. Marianne says:

    I am late to the game, but this is absolutely gorgeous! You should become a shawl person to wear it!

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