6 months ago I caught Whooping Cough (as an adult, yes!) and was confined to the couch for a frustratingly long time. Knitting stopped me from going mad, kept me calm and allowed me to get well - it also gave me something to DO so I felt I had still achieved something in my sickbed! The merino for this project was oh so soft and gentle in my fingers; the colour was a tweedy mix of my favourite calming forest green; the pattern and yarn had been bought on holiday, reminding me of the life I had once had! Above all this was my first attempt at knitting from a lace chart, one simple enough for my poorly, sleep-deprived brain to handle, and to see it emerge successfully was a little triumph! Even better was being able to wear it finished! It is soft and cozy and kept me warm in my recovery. Now that I'm better and allowed out of the house (finally!) its adaptability means it can be worn as a straightforward shawl or as a 'Strangler Fig' scarf. I couldn't be more pleased at the use of time!
John Arbon Hayward - Nettle
✕ 2.0 balls
Needles & Hooks
Circular 5.50mm (US 9) 40cm
Notes: One size fits all - the shawl is knitted to a point then reversed, corner to corner, so I knit until the first skein ran out and then reversed - exactly the same either side!