Thursday, April 24, 2008
Off the needles
At last, my linen shawl is off the needles and over my shoulders! I was so eager to finish this and wear it and it seemed to be taking forever. I guess that's because I was impatient! But really, I suppose it didn't take too long when I recall that since I started it we had Christmas and boys home, two different college spring breaks and boys home, and Easter and everybody home. Of course, during those times, I did more cooking and less knitting!
I must say, I love, love, love this shawl! It's the perfect weight and drapes beautifully. The linen yarn lost some of its stiffness in the handling and knitting, and with subsequent washings and frequent wear it will get softer and softer.
Funny little story. I wore the shawl last Friday to the Bible study that I lead for international women. They ooohed and ahhhed and shared my delight in this finished project. Then on to our discussion. While considering the impact of the excellent wife on her husband in Proverbs 31, one of our Taiwanese women, reading ahead, blurted out, "Oh, she wears linen and purple! Your shawl!" I had to admit that I hadn't made any bed coverings lately (Proverbs 31:22) and that I fall far, far short of that excellent woman. But now, thanks to Yi-chen, I think I will call my new wrap "The Proverbs 31 Shawl"...in hopes of becoming such a woman!