If you can believe it, I am a relative newbie to shawl knitting.
It really wasn’t until early last year, when I started to listen to Knitting Pipeline, my very first knitting podcast. (See, this is what happens if you’ve been knitting for a very long time like me — you have missed the last 5 years of knitting boom. It has been simply amazing!) She spoke about the Kaellingesjal shawl, which is a recreation of a 1897 shawl from the Vendsyssel Museum in Denmark. It’s a working woman’s shawl, with a tie that wraps around the body. I was so enthralled by Paula — but was a bit reticent to cast on a big project. So I cast on Summer Flies as a “test” (I highly recommend, if you’ve never knit a shawl, to try this free pattern. It’s an amazingly fun knit), and I finished it in ….a DAY. I cast on for Kaellingesjal the next day. You can check it out on my Ravelry project page. I started the shawl on 2/14/11 (Happy Valentine’s Day!!) and finished it on 3/20/11.
I kept on listening to Paula, and the next shawl she mentioned was Brandywine. This was my first Romi Hill shawl. I put this shawl on my needles on 3/20/11 (sense the start of what may be happening here already!?!?), and finished it in a couple of weeks. And I was hooked. Since then, I have knit 43 shawls (so 47 in total), of which 15 are Romi’s designs.
OK. These numbers are scaring me a little. I sound like a woman obsessed.
Oh well. I guess I will just own the fact that I love to knit shawls. You don’t have to worry about sizing, they are wonderful gifts, and you just can’t have too many. So….the reason why I’m posting today. My Shawl Number Twenty Six for 2012. Meet Romi Hill’s Carson, knit out of stash Rowan tweedy wooly yarn!