The Epic Shawl

Blue knitted stole on a white chair

Thanks guys for your comments on the last post! We are thoroughly installed back home now: I bought groceries for a week and washed a small mountain of laundry and have a nice thankyou bag of goodies all ready for Melba’s sitter (or carrier, more accurately). I was all ready to sit down and write a post in answer to a reader’s question–what are you knitting?–but that turned out to be a harder task.


I am knitting a shawl to wear at my wedding, and the thing of it is that although I am super excited to marry my Querido, I hate wedding planning. It is a black hole of time and energy and happiness, a lacy-garbed Dementor that glides on the breeze generated by the flapping pages of a million glossy magazines that make the September Issue look like a skimpy little leaflet.

*pauses to catch her breath*

Needless to say, all my prior attempts to dig through all the mire to reach the happy bits underneath failed. So let’s be quick here, before I start thinking about weddings too much. The shawl is actually a stole, High Seas from Kieran Foley. In the spirit of Knit American, I am knitting it with Swans Island Fingering, which is spun and dyed in Maine.

This shawl does not have plain rows, making it my first true lace. After reading several cautionary Ravelry notes, I chose to go without lifelines and just mark each repeat with stitch markers. When it is done it will be truly epic. I am loving the knitting, in part because watching the waves take shape is a lot of fun, but mostly because it makes me feel like I am doing something Very Important in preparation for my wedding.

Now back to ignoring the black hole.

14 responses to “The Epic Shawl”

  1. Oh my! I had no idea such a beautiful piece of art existed! I put that pattern in my favorites queue so that I can find it when I get back to knitting (had hand surgery *sigh*).

    Don’t worry about the “black hole.” When it is all said and done…or not done…you will be married and that’s all that matters. (Hmmm, sometimes elopement would be easier and a whole lot more fun. Alas, mothers kinda prevent that from happening.)

    Best Wishes!

  2. Your shawl is stunningly gorgeous! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Hang in there, being married will be totally worth the wedding – planning and all! 🙂

  3. The shawl is beautiful!
    Magazines make weddings into a huge fluffy deal…the wedding doesn’t have to be someone else’s ideal. Do what makes you and your Querido happy. Everyone else will get over it and you won’t have regrets.

  4. Just wanted to tell you that I love your writing, totally unconnected to any specific post. I enjoy both your blogs. You entertain, amuse and inform me. Very often simultaneously. Well done, you! 😉

  5. The shawl is beautiful! Your wedding should be about you and your Queriido. Do what makes you happy. I am speaking from experience here – everyone else will get over it:-)

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