For many years we've spent our holidays in October on the Canaries and just like us, there are many people from all over the world regulars we've met again and again. And we made friends. So much so, that when we went to Ireland a few years ago we were invited to visit them. And boy, what a great time we had! Geraldine and Richard not only welcomed us to their home, but they went out of their way to show us the town (including several pubs in town) and they even organized for me to meet their local indie dyer, Caroline from Life in the Long Grass. Well, of course I wanted to give Geraldine a nice 'thank you' and this is how the idea for this pattern started...
I played around with Shetland lace patterns, lots of beads, and a bit of maths... and a shawl came to life. The picture shows my prototype, knitted in Life in the Long Grass Silk Merino Sock, a lovely fingering weight yarn, modeled by the recipient, Geraldine, hereself. As you can see, there are a few flaws, but she was happy nevertheless. Now, I worked on the pattern and I am happy to announce that as of today, the Geraldine Shawl is available in the brandnew Knit Picks Luxurious Lace Collection.
The shawl requires two hanks of oh-so-soft Knit PIcks Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn and the lightweight, airy fabric gets a great drape by the more than 1200 beads which are knitted in.
This new pattern, my Geraldine Shawl, makes me very happy and I can't wait to show Geraldine 'her pattern' in the book. But that'll unfortunately have to wait till October when we meet on the Canaries the next time.