And then something unexpected happened

For the first time in a while, I dragged myself down to the Yarn Barn on Saturday morning and knit for almost an hour and a half straight. Woo-hoo, call me the marathon knitter. I finished the caper hat that I’m working on for a FOAF (friend of a friend) and chatted with the ladies a little bit. At one point Nancy came over and modeled a lovely shawl that she’d finished a while ago.

And then it struck. That funny little twinge in the back of your mind when all of a sudden, something looks different despite not having changed. It comes, I suspect, from the same ancient center of our brain that lights up when the shark smells blood in the water, or when the dog throws back its head to bay at the moon. The feeling takes many forms across the animal kingdom, but the essential message is the same: I MUST DO THIS.

KnitLust struck.

The shawl was from Stahman’s Shawls and what immediately struck me was the shaping. It has shoulders. Now, I’m very proud of the work I did on the fertility shawl for my grandma last year, but when you get right down to it, it is a triangle. You can throw it across your shoulders and it will pretty much stay in place, but it’s not shaped like a person.

These shawls, based on a style from the Faro islands, are shaped like a person. The will hang very naturally on the wearer’s shoulders and look damn good. I MUST MAKE ONE.

So I bought the book. I’m going to do some stash diving and see if I can come up with suitable material for a first project. Ultimately, I’ll use some awesome mohair that Kaetchen sent me, but for the first go, it’ll be a simple garter stitch garment. The lace will come later.

Oh yeah, and I’ve got an Aran sweater to finish too. Feh – how hard can that be?

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  1. LynnH Says:

    I like the idea of a shawl with shoulders. For me, it sounds like something that requires me to sit still with someone else’s pattern, so I can’t see making one (I’d rather do an Einstein Jacket or something else by Sally Melville, if I could choose something not written by me). But I will be very interested to hear what you have to say about the process!

    I think Lucy Neatby has some faroese designs, as well as Jacquie Erickson-Schweitzer. I think.

    By the way I now have a favicon.ico that is actually displaying. I just noticed it yesterday. I don’t know why it didn’t work right away and now it sneaks in without me noticing, but I’m pleased that it worked at all. Yours is clearer, but mine is… well, it’s me.

  2. amy Says:

    Ooh, yeah, nothing induces knitting lust quite like the prospect of Faroese shawls, I think! I have been wanting to make one for some time! And plus the Faro Islands themselves are rather fascinating. Keep us posted on how it goes!

  3. michelle Says:

    Ooh, I’ll be watching with interest.

  4. Cassie Says:

    Faroese shawls are the best.

    If you want to try out a mini-version, starting with just a few sts cast on, there’s a ‘doll’ version here:
    http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/dollyfaroese.shtm

    And a template of sorts here:
    http://members.aol.com/CarolC2933/Faroese.Shawls.html