Do you ever look at a quilt or knitting pattern and wonder how the designer came up with something so beautiful? A pattern where you just marvel at the genius of it?
See what I mean?
I’d like to introduce you to Maplewing by Anne Hanson. This pattern was started along the bottom edge. I cast on 600 stitches. The other amazing part of this project was the yarn. Anne teamed up with Kim at The Woolen Rabbit and used Whisper Merino Lace. I rarely use the suggested yarn for a project. I’m a rebel and have to screw up forge my own path. But this time, I took Anne’s advice, although I chose my own color. I’m so very glad I did. This yarn is amazingly soft. This shawl is extremely lightweight too. It’s perfect for spring.
I love blocking lace. It takes a blob of string with holes and turns it into an amazing work of art.
I blocked this in the middle of my living room, so I got to walk past it countless times in the last 24 hours. I especially like this view.
This is one of those “once in a lifetime” projects. It took a lot of effort, but was well worth it! It only took me a year and a day….literally! I started it April 3, 2009 and finished it on April 4th of this year.
I guess I need to start showing this shawl some respect and quit calling it “The Purple Blob”. I love you, Maplewing!