To honor the women that have been mothers to me, I am knitting each of them a lace shawl to wear to my wedding. I want to thank my mother, stepmother, godmother, and mother-in-law each for their love and guidance and support in my life. I picked a different yarn and different pattern for each woman. Although I’ve had a few setbacks, I’m again on track to have them all finished in time. This first shawl is for my Godmother.
The pattern is Rose Lace Stole, published in Interweave Knits Spring 2011. It is cast on as a provisional cast-on in the center and worked outward to each end, ending in an Estonian lace pattern, resembling roses at the end. I knit it from Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace (I do love me some alpaca yarn) in the Gentian Violet colorway. (Nerdy sidenote: gentian violet, although named after the gentian flower, is also known as crystal violet and used in the laboratory for classifying gram positive bacteria).
I chose this color for my godmother because she looks smashing in purple. With fair skin and dark hair, she really shines in this color. The shawl pattern captures perfectly her organized, competent core that breaks out in doses of fun and elegant frivolity.
I spent 36 hours knitting this shawl over the course of a month. I promise to share photos of my godmother wearing the shawl after the wedding! My project is on Ravelry. The dress I’m wearing is blogged here.