Friday, February 13, 2009

p/hopping with the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl

Here is my latest ( and I rather suspect my last ) Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl. It's a rubbish day for photos, so please forgive me.

I consider myself to be very fortunate in life. I need for nothing. OK, there are a few thing I might like that I don't have, but I need for nothing. If I want water, for example, I turn on my tap. I don't live in a war zone, I have been able to educate my children safely. If I'm hungry, I can eat.

I have a huge admiration for organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) who do so much for those far less fortunate then we are, and so shortly after I knit Day last year I asked Natalie could I knit a FCS as a fundraser for MsF.

Natalie told me she had PLANS afoot, and sent me a skein of her gorgeous Machair laceweight. I am sorry to say it took me ages to get my act together and cast on. I swatched - yes, I know, shocking isn't it - and decided on a 3.5mm needle.

I also had to resort to circulars. My knitpick options were well up to the job, and with the help of enough dental floss to circumnavigate the globe, here is a FCS all ready to be p/hopped. ( Edited here to add a link to the p/hop blog )

There are 12 extra pattern repeats, and also 12 border rows.

Gromit didn't want to miss any blocking action ;-)

Amazing, isn't it, that this amorphous lump could turn into a laceweight shawl.


Louise said...

You're a star! Thanks for supporting p/hop and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

RooKnits said...

It is beautiful Joy! What a wonderful gift.

Anni said...

That's gorgeous and it alwasy amazes me how lace transforms during blocking. Everytime I block a lace shawl I stare in amazement once I've pinned it all out.

Lobug said...

Simply lovely!!
But why your last????

beanz said...

What a lovely shawl

Anonymous said...

An absolutely beautiful shawl and a very generous donation.

But why will it be your last FCS?