When I found out that Heather’s best friend was going through the same loss as myself with the death of her brother, I knew I had to make her a shawl. I don’t know why it had to be a shawl, but I knew I had to make it. I already knew the pattern I wanted to use, and I got started right away.

Pattern: Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl
from the book Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle,
minus the feather and fan patterning
(like this one here [scroll down to entry for 25 Feb 2009] and here)
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool
3 skeins lavender, 1.5 skeins royal purple
Needles: US Size 8

I altered the original pattern that included a traditional Feather and Fan pattern into a more simple garter stitch and plain ruffle border. The effect is quite calming, and even this most simple of knit stitches still makes the shawl look stunning.

The what seemed like endless miles and miles of garter stitch (knit every stitch, every row) was some how comforting to me, even though it’s been over a year since my sister died. The comfort I felt in making this shawl I hoped would pass along to the recipient in some small way.

Simplicity is the key to beauty sometimes.


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