Pattern: Violets by the River Shawl by Hazel Carter
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Silk Blend Lace weight, two-ply, 25% silk, 85% wool
Yarn Color: Medium lilac
Gauge: 6 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch
The violets are done and I'm about half done with the "river" border. There are 300 stitches on the needle with 22 very long rows to go.
When the two river borders are bound off, there is a very cute border with lace bees to knit across the top edge. Then it's done.
This is an excellent first shawl project. The yarn is easy to knit: not too slippery, not too fine, not too fuzzy. The pattern is easy to follow while not being completely repetitive and boring.
I have never worn a shawl before. I'm not sure I'm going to enjoy wearing something that might slip off, that I have to keep track of and maybe even hang onto. My usual mode of dress is simple, pragmatic, and rather boring.
Is it worn in place of a sweater? If I wear it to church, do I leave it on for the service? Any helpful shawl wearing hints will be appreciated. I really don't have a clue.