Many times in my knitting life - and my non-knitting life too, come to think of it - I have heard ladies say that the shawl, the shorts, or the sun hat they are wearing was purchased with Florida in mind. Usually older ladies. Retired ladies with the time and the funds to head south in the winter. Now, seems as if I am one of them.
One of our winter rituals, while in Florida, is to head to the movies on Fridays. Dinner and a movie. Only in reverse order as we go to matinee followed by dinner. No matter the temperature outdoors, the movie theater often seems to be chilly. As do the restaurants. My Florida friend, Ruby, is always prepared for those cooler temperatures. Slung over her arm or carried in her purse, she comes prepared with a shawl. Something to slip over her shoulders to protect her from the manufactured breeze when the A.C. kicks in. Percolating in my mind last winter was the thought that "I want me one of those."
Back home, one rainy, cool, April day a friend and I headed over to Hanover to check out a new yarn store. Lama Laine
. There on the first set of shelves inside the door was a great display of Baby Bamboo. With glorious Florida colours. A Florida shawl waiting to happen. I picked up two balls - one blue and one green - that to me, said FLORIDA!
Back home I canvassed Ravelry for the perfect pattern. I wanted either triangular or semi-circular. Not a rectangle. Mostly because I didn't want to have to pin it on. My vision was of a shawl that would stay put without a shawl pin, because of it's shaping. The Kindness Shawl
caught my eye and although my yarn was much thicker than the Fingering weight called for in the pattern, I felt it was do-able with the DK weight.
As luck would have it, I had one complete skein of White Sunseeker left over from my recently-completed Vonica
. With 217 Metres of the white and about one hundred each of the Bamboo, I have a perfectly-sized shawl. With a perfect, crescent shape that sits just beautifully on the shoulders and doesn't slip off.
When the winds howl and snow flies next fall, some might be thinking of flannel PJs and woolen toques, but
I'll be thinking Florida shawl.