A long time since I last posted. So much knitting has been accomplished that I'll have to work backwards to post it all properly.
There is a tremendous amount of excitement around Kate Middleton and the knit shawl she wore to the grocery story over a week ago. Almost every group I am active in on Ravelry (the huge social network for knitters/crocheters) mentioned it in one way or another.
I am a Royalist. Have been since Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen when I was in Kindergarten. I had her Coronation photo on my wall for years. So forgive me, but everything Royal interests me. I know its corny and out of fashion to enjoy this show of wealth and priviledge, but I can't help myself. If fascinates me.
I am also a knitter and have been from about the same time in my life. My grandmothers each taught me a handcraft - one knitting, the other crocheting.
Well, the two passions converged big time for me when Kate wore that shawl. I started thinking that if everyone is going to talk about it, we needed to have a group on Ravelry devoted just to that. I asked for 2 people who would join me - that's all it takes to set up a group. So, I became the administrator/moderator for Kate's Shawl and All. No big deal. I was happy to have a home for it, and I mentioned it in one of my other groups. I left for dinner and had 6 members. When I returned I had over 100 members. Everyday after that for the next week or so, another 100 members were added and at this point there are over 830.
To add to the mayhem and excitement, there is tremendous interest in creating a handknitted Kate's shawl. I started one, and so did several other designers. I've called my HRH Kate's Shawl and I'll have it ready for publication very soon. The test knitters are still working away, as am I. My version will have 2 stitch patterns to choose from, as well as 3 sizes.
I mentioned the excitement in the group to Sundara of Sundara yarns. Her fingering silky merino in Frost over Blue Spruce is the yarn I'm using, and it is a beautiful bluey green, quite dark and sensual. The yarn itself is extremely soft - a 50/50 mix of silk and merino wool. I just love it, and am so happy to have found the appropriate project for it. Sundara has generously also reduced the price of 2 skeins of FSM by 15% for a limited time to allow others to purchase and make the shawl.
Kate's Shawl and All has a CKAL (Crochet/Knit A Long) in the organizational stage, with a contest for the 3 best shawls form any of the many 'Kate's Shawls' designs that are out there. The voting will be done by the group, and the winner will be announced sometime in September. Sundara has donated a first prize of $100 gift certificate; 2nd prize is a skein of Sundara silk lace, donated by me; and 3rd prize is a book donated by Judith27 called Gossamer Webs - The History and Techniques of Orenberg Shawls by Galina Khmeleva and Carol R. Noble.
We all want to have Kate's shawl. All 830 of us. So next fall, when you see every woman who walks past you in a dark green shawl, you'll know the reason why.