Friday, January 23, 2015

FO: Plum Judy

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I've knit quite a few Swallowtail Shawls over the years. The first, I knit in three or four days while studying abroad in Japan - I still think of the echoey beige halls of the university every time I see it - and the second and third, I knit in quick succession the summer after I graduated from Oberlin. It's such a fun and pretty little pattern, I could knit it a dozen more times and be happy!

This Swallowtail, unlike the other two, was never destined to be mine. A while back, a few of my friend Sooz's shawls were tragically and hopelessly damaged, and I knew she was pretty bummed about it - and Sooz being a dear friend, a beautiful knitter herself, and and immensely knitworthy gift recipient, my knitterly wheels started turning.

So I chose this beautiful Pagewood Farms fingering weight from my stash, in a color that I had seen Sooz wear before (and that looks smashing on her), and bang - a few days into January, and I had a brand new Swallowtail! I finally got the shawl blocked and photographed last weekend, and this week, we grabbed dinner, and I gave her her new shawl. She sent me pictures after she got home that night, and it looks great on her!

For as much as I proclaim to be a selfish knitter, I get such happiness from sharing the wooly things I make. There's nothing quite like seeing a garment that you had this close relationship with as you made it, warming a person that you care about. In their own ways, knitted things become objects of connection and love - and I think that's why giving away my knits is sometimes even better than keeping them to my selfish self.

Details on Ravelry here.

7 comments:

Erin said...

That's going to look gorgeous on Sooz!

Turbo said...

That's beautiful! And generous. :)

Andi said...

That is one seriously beautiful knit!

Bekah said...

That looks great! What a lucky recipient!!

steph said...

really lovely!!! (I've knit swallowtail once...mine turned out very very small.....but still is one of my favorite 'scarf' shawls) love the color, too.

Sharon said...

I love your glasses. Would you tell me the designer?

Cory Ellen Boberg said...

Thanks, everyone! <3

And Sharon - my glasses are by l.a. Eyeworks. The frames are called Corncake, in the Surf and Turf colorway. I love them!