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Wedding Shawl for my Godmother

Rose Leaves Shawl in purple

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.

classic elite silk alpaca lace

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).

purple lace knit shawl

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.

classic elite lace shawl

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.

purple lace shawl

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  1. What a beautiful idea! And good lord that is a lovely shawl, we shall look forward to seeing the whole set.

    Another nerdy gentian violet sidenote, when I was a child my mother used to put it on our scrapes and cuts as a disinfectant/healing agent. It stained the skin like there was no tomorrow and she ALWAYS used to draw faces on us incorporating the scrape.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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      Oh that’s such a cute story! Yes, gentian violet also acts as an antibiotic and I can totally picture a mom painting smiles on her kid’s scraped knees :)

  2. Oh wow, what a huge project! I’m in total awe. I could barely finish ONE in time :D Good luck to you, I’m certain that you will reach your goal :)

  3. It’s a lovely shawl. The colour looks quite good on you too!
    Crystal violet can also be used to stain plaque assays to determine viral titers. Serial dilutions of a virus containing sample are grown on cell monolayers that are covered with an overlay that prevents newly released virus particles from spreading further than the neighbouring cells. Over the course of several days a single virus particle that at the start infected one cell will infect the cells around it in a circular fashion and these cells will eventually die. When you stain the cells with crystal violet only the cells that are still intact (and thus uninfected) will stain purple. The infected areas are called plaques and remain unstained so you can easily count them and calculate how many virus particles were present in your original sample.

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  4. Wow, this is a beautiful scarf, and how lucky you are to have four women role models to support you! Also I might have teared up a little at how much thought you had put into not just making sure the shawl suited your godmother, but also that the design represented her too.

  5. My goodness, this is gorgeous! The color and pattern go perfectly together, it couldn’t be better, or more heartfelt!

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  6. Wow, such an impressive and loving feat! I love these pics of you wearing the shawl – it looks great with that dress!

  7. So very beautiful! This makes me want to pull out an unfinished knitting project, although it is way too hot to be messing with wool right now.

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