One of the things I’m most looking forward to in this project is the size. I’m not a small woman, so shawlettes don’t have a lot of versatility for me. A full shawl, however, can be worn as a shawl, a cowl, or a scarf. So I’m delighted to be working on a full shawl, even in a summer weight like this. It always feels that much better to be wearing a full shawl.
Speaking of feeling, everyone keeps asking to touch it. It’s the linen quality, I think—they want to know if it's soft. It’s not yet, I explain, but it will be. It will hold its shape well, but still be light enough for summer wear. There’s a reason linen has always been the go-to summer fabric.
I admit to a bit of hesitation about the lacework panel. Given the soft color, the design doesn’t stand out very much yet. There’s a few photos of the shawl in a more vibrant color on Ravelry, and I really like them. In the beige tones, however, it doesn’t seem to pop. Yet. You can’t judge lace before it is blocked. I absolutely must reserve judgement until the end on this one.
The good news is that I’m early in the project and I already know I have mastered all the necessary stitch patterns. Knitting is a place where “more of the same” is a comforting thing. My job now? Keep going and don’t mess it up.