What a gift it’s been to have several visits with my daughter Rebecca during her four-month long tour to promote her best selling nonfiction book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” She reported on facebook last week that the movie rights have been purchased by Oprah, Alan Ball and HBO—-and so away she goes into more exciting and unreal times. She and a member of the Lacks family will serve as consultants to the movie.
Becka, a knitter, loves and appreciates anything handknit. This time she returned home with two Truly Tasha shawls (free pattern on Nancy Bush’s website http://www.woolywest.com) knit from Sandy Soreng’s handspun yarn plus a Fountain Pen Lace Shawl! The first, “Teal Tasha,” was given
to her last year, later borrowed back by me and then returned to her to cope with the wet, chilly west coast weather in Seattle and then California. I knit the next Truly Tasha (my 5th) from one of her favorite colors—periwinkle. My guess was that upon her return to the NW, Becka would look at this one, choose it and leave the teal one with me. Below is the periwinkle Tasha being modeled on a sculpture. And yes, it is really periwinkle, although it certainly is a beautiful blue in the picture.
And because I wanted to make something special to commemorate her accomplishment, I cast on a “Fountain Pen Lace Shawl” (designed by Susan Lawrence and originally published in “Interweave Knits” and worked on it as Becka was completing the last leg of the book tour.
It, too, looks blue but the color of the Fleece Artist yarn (Blue Face Leicester 2/8 lace weight) is amethyst. And yes, its subtle variegation moves from blue to purple (Note to myself about my new camera: I need some help figuring out this consistent blue-purple color problem!). I
used a lot of stitch markers to separate pattern repeats since I wanted to avoid having to unknit and redo parts of the shawl, given the short time in which I was trying to knit it—-a little more than a week.
Here is the shawl being blocked out the night before she returned after the end of the book tour—now looking mysteriously navy:
And finally, here ‘s the shawl being worn by the happy recipient.