Mum liked the colors. I almost cried at the festival stand. Mum thought they matched a blouse she owns. I thought I'd ditch a pair of patriotic socks and make her a shawl. Mum's birthday is July 4. I finished blocking my candle flame shawl overnight. Whoo hoo!
Check it out on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/WillyG/candle-flame-shawl-archived
Right now I am thrilled to have one sister who would be delighted to receive as many shawls and scarves as I wish to create for her. My mom is less artistically inclined, but one or two good shawls can never hurt, can they? (A lesser-known secret: Southern New Jersey is like a small town, kinda rural/backwoodsy and not very cultured. Hence, I have to travel a good bit to find a yarn store. So this is an uphill trek, finding a demand for shawls and knitted stuffs. This is also why I don't sing in a choir.)
I think of this as a lace project, but it was only as I finished this shawl up that I realized I had been mistaken. It was merely the effect of lace I was getting, thanks to my first venture with hard blocking. Loved that part. I want to make more shawls now. I love the feel and the drape and the look...I just have one question for you guys...what suggestions do you have for shawls that I might get away with wearing? (nervous) I know they're out there, but they're eluding my grasp.