September 19, 2004


Yoohoo! I'm over here now, with the other prettyposies knitting bloggers! Hey, you found me! Welcome! I have all kinds of news to share, but I'm taking it just one story at a time.

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I wish I could say that I just whipped up this shawl over the past week. Truthfully, though, four years ago we were going on a family vacation to Hawaii over Thanksgiving. And I desperately wanted to knit a shawl to wear on that trip. I tried the Beauty and the Bias shawl kit, and that wasn't quite right (too heavy for the tropics, and not lacy enough to suit me); I made starts on many of the lacy shawls in Folk Shawls but for one reason or another became dissatisfied with them and didn't continue them; I started this, the Rosy Fingered Dawn Shawl (a kit from Blackberry Ridge). I knitted the center "fingers," and the next section, but on the third section, the chariot wheels, my stitch count was off on two of the four sides. No matter how much I strained my brain, I could not figure out how to resolve it.

Concurrently, Belinda had just posted to the Knitted Lace list that she'd finished a Rosy Fingered Dawn shawl, substituting a different yarn for the kit's dawn-pinks, lavenders, and sky-blues. She was curious about what the kit's yarn colors were really like. So I arranged to swap with her, sending her the original yarns, and she sent me some laceweight yarn in return.

And then, out of the clear blue sky, in my mailbox a few days ago appeared a packet, tattered and quite the worse for wear from its travel all the way from Australia. Inside, though, beautifully finished and folded, was this shawl! I never dreamed that Belinda would send it to me. I am thrilled to have my very own Rosy Fingered Dawn shawl, and nearly speechless at Belinda's unexpected generosity. A million thank-yous!

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(What shawl did I wear in Hawaii four years ago? A blue one borrowed from my dear friend, the prodigious knitter AnneL (scroll down to the Sept. 15 entry on the Audrey-along to see her modeling her latest sweater). I think it pained Anne to get an e-mail from me every morning during that period, describing how I was disliking some shawl I had begun knitting just a day or two before, but all infatuated with the next new one for which I was just casting on.)

Posted by Karen at September 19, 2004 05:02 PM

Wow--lovely! Hope you keep writing!!!

Posted by: Janine at September 19, 2004 10:10 PM

Just wanted to let you know I had "found" you again. Thanks for the heads-up email. Will try THIS time to get your blog added to my list!

I'm not big on shawls and I'm not big on multi-colored shawls but for some reason I'm really taken by Rosy Fingered Dawn. Belinda did a beautiful job!!

Speaking of which, did you figure out the pattern problem you were having at Ferals? MY brain was hurting just watching YOUR brain try to figure it out!

Posted by: Ryan at September 20, 2004 04:35 PM

Oh, the remedy for the problem I had at Ferals can be summed up in this old saw:

When all else fails, read the directions!

Going back and looking at the pattern in the magazine, I readily saw my mistake. (The mistake wasn't obvious in my photocopied pattern that was on the table at Ferals.)

Leaving you in suspense on that one, so's I can post about it in my next entry......

I am,

Karen the Ideaphoric Knitter

Posted by: Karen at September 21, 2004 01:24 AM

Great blog, and fabulous shawl! I am looking forward to many interesting entries. Have fun!

Posted by: Anne at September 21, 2004 05:26 PM

Thanks for the new blog addy, I have you updated already! Beautiful shawl, I love the way it turned out.

Posted by: marti at September 21, 2004 06:58 PM

wow karen, that's gorgeous! do you know what yarns are used?

Posted by: vanessa at September 21, 2004 08:00 PM

Vanessa: the yarns used were the ones that came in the Blackberry Ridge kit. Blackberry Ridge dyes these yarns to come in this rose-lavender-blue progression. What Blackberry Ridge calls a lace weight, though, seems heavier than what we usually expect a lace weight to be.

Posted by: Karen at September 21, 2004 10:02 PM

holy cow! that shawl looks a zillion times better in your photo than the blackberry site

Posted by: vanessa at September 22, 2004 02:24 AM

Wow I would never have guessed it'd be so beautiful, it looks pale in the Blackberry Ridge photo! If I ever made this I might have to actually order their yarn (I have the pattern already)!

Posted by: CarolineF at September 22, 2004 03:25 PM

Hi Karen! Found you and have your blog site updated in my Favorites. Keep writing!

Posted by: Katie at September 22, 2004 06:47 PM

the RosyFingeredDawn is just beautiful. I am so inspired, by the story of sharing and the finished work. Wow! i have the kit and a lot of tourmaline beads in matching colors that my jeweler daughter gave me. I'd like to work them into the transitions between the borders, but honestly I am a bit intimadated. Kathi

Posted by: kathi at September 22, 2004 08:17 PM

Hello Karen!

Rosy Fingered Dawn is beautiful, and so much more vibrant in person, it looks really greyed-out on the website.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by: Angela at September 23, 2004 12:00 AM