But, happy day! They are here at last.
Lots of lovely cherries and even better, to my mind, ones that dangle down and wave, twist and turn in the breeze. (You'll know how happy that makes me if you've been around here for a while!)
Apparently, checking back, it was back in June when I was working on this little project and I thinking about it I really can't believe I've kept it hidden from you all this time. There's no reason for it, other than general life getting in the way and all my old excitement and enthusiasm for this little beauty is being rekindled instantly as I type. Oh I love and adore this shawl, for shawl it is, and I very much hope you'll like it too.
I can hardly remember now how the idea for it came about, I think it was just from having the most gorgeous soft and squishy greyish blue ducky egg yarn in my possession and needing to make something with it as soon as possible. I wanted to use something quite simple for the pattern and looking back at this photo of it in an unfinished state it reminds me how much I loved it even when it was plain, with those rows and rows of divine colour.
But somewhere along the way I had a vision that had something to do with cherries, red and pink, 50's housewives and aprons. I'm not entirely sure where the aprons come into it, but something about this whole thing says 50's perfect housewife and aprons to me. I can't really explain it.
Ah well, that aside, once the vision was there, the way forward was clear and my little shawl of cherries and kisses was born. I'm especially pleased with the way I got the cherries attached to the shawl in that last edging row, complete with little stalks and leaves. That pleases me greatly. And the row of pink kisses, see how the stitches cross each other making a cute little row of x's? I love that too.
It's been a true delight dreaming up and making up this shawl pattern. It's a little bit cutesy and maybe even a little bit kitsch? (Maybe that's where the housewives and aprons come in?)
But I'm very happy with it and even better, now the weather's turned I'm all excited because I'm finally getting a chance to wear it. The perfect little touch of warmth for the school run I'm finding.
But all of this preamble is leading us somewhere....
It's my utter pleasure and slightly nervous delight to announce that I have written a pattern for this shawl of mine so that, should you wish to, you can make one of your own.
I hope you like it and I'll be very thrilled if you fancy giving it a try.