Another Maine project.

The Double Dishcloth Shawl

I don't know why I come up with the names that I do for my projects, but, I'm one that always has to name things; perhaps that's all that Celtic blood pulsing through my veins...them folks have to name EVERYTHING.

So, I wanted to knit a shawl -- just a medium shawl, something to go over the shoulders and down the back on a bit of a chilly day.

I had so much fun working with the colours for the scarf exchange, that I just had to work with them again. I WAS going to do a sweater, but, I have five on the needles and even the sweater-knitter that I am, I wanted a bit of a break...something to just plainly knit.

Actually, this WAS going to be a travel project for the holiday trip to the Quad Cities, but, it ended up being a three day thing because I just needed to put everything else aside just to knit this.

So, I'm going to need to do something else for the plane trip which is going to be rather interesting -- travelling from Boston to DC to Chicago to Moline -- just to save $200 instead of flying direct.

I based it on the common garter stitch dishcloth pattern.

And the colours, of course, are all Maine! The green standing for the pine forests (we are, after all, the Pine Tree State) and the brown regards the acres and acres of fields and farms that spot middle Maine. The Aran dye lots -- the solid and the fleck -- symbolises the colours of the sand and the rock-bound coast. The blue, of course, means the Atlantic Ocean, and the yellow is the sunrise. We are, as is written "...where America begins its day." I WAS actually going to tie a red bow onto the spine where the beach colours are -- y'can't really think of Maine without thinking of lobster...but, that would have been just that much over the top, so, I left it out. Plenty more projects exist where the lobster can be fit in.

Oh, by the way, yes, I'm working on another book -- patterns and projects that are all Maine.



ronhuber's picture

I like your shawl. And the happy colours. Great knitting.

Buzzboy's picture

What a great looking shawl. I think the colors are wonderful. Have a safe trip to the Quad Cities.

TomH's picture

Good luck on your travels to the Quad Cities. I spoke with my sister last night (she lives near Cedar Rapids) and they're having brutal weather.

MMario's picture

I keep coming back to this picture and trying to figure out a way to say what I want to say.

and I keep coming up with "WOW!" - which doesn't say nearly enough.

What an incredible striking shawl. And it really couldn't be simpler, but everything just seems to pull together and really "POP!".

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Thomasknits's picture

The colors are great together.