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October 27, 2012

From Sally — the Calm before the Frankenstorm

Filed under: Sweet Dreams,Updates — surly @ 1:19 pm

I thought I better post while I still can — the forecast for our nation’s capital ain’t pretty. I’ve been fairly silent lately because due to various and sundry commitments and deadlines, I’ve had very little time to knit. However, I had been meaning to knit Sweet Dreams, the same shawl Susan posted about recently, and her project inspired me to finally cast on.

I used some Tess Designer Cascade Silk Sport in a lovely silver gray that I bought at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in May. I bought the yarn for Nora’s wedding shrug, but decided it was a little heavier than I wanted for that project. I repurposed it for this shawl, and used the same beads I used on her shrug (I bought those beads for this yarn in the first place).

As Susan said, this is a lovely pattern to knit. It’s very easy and very adaptable in terms of size. Mine is larger than Susan’s: I cast on stitches in between the medium and large size given in the pattern, and I knit two repeats of the main lace chart instead of one. I still had quite a bit of my original 150 gram skein leftover. This is a long and thin shawlette that I think I will be able to wear almost as a scarf. Or maybe I can lash myself to a telephone pole when the winds are howling on Monday and Tuesday.


  1. From Susan — G O R G E O U S…and I would hate to see it ruined when you lash yourself to a pole for safety, so I hope it doesn’t come to that!!

    Comment by lv2knit — October 27, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  2. This shawl is stunning! Love the addition of beads! My sister in law lives in Reston and they are running around preparing for the worst. Some wine and t.p. is all you really need. Good luck with Frankenstorm!

    Comment by Kathy W. — October 27, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  3. The shawl is lovely, Sally. “Batten down the hatches” and stay safe indoors when Sandy comes calling!

    Mary G. in Texas

    Comment by Katie's Granny — October 27, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  4. Soooooo elegant! And wonderfully photographed too.

    Comment by Joanna — October 27, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  5. Lovely – Hope it doesn’t come down to lashing to telephone poles. But if so, well, what a way to go (or stay). My son is newly moved to Baltimore and my thoughts have turned eastward a lot lately. Does he know “that store” that will have the last of the staples? Will he pay any attention to the weather forecast? Is someone smart enough to be admitted to grad school at JHU smart enough to come in out of the rain?
    Stay safe & enjoy this beautiful shawl (inside, I hope).

    Comment by Pam — October 27, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  6. Oh goodness! I am also knitting this, for my sister for Christmas, and lately I, too, have not had much time for knitting. Your post is just the kick in the derriere I need to get going again. Thank you, I hope mine is as lovely as yours!

    Comment by Janet — October 27, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  7. Wow! It is beautiful.

    Comment by Penny — October 27, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  8. Oh my…this is stunning! I live in Richmond and we’re all worried about the storm. I hope you all stay safe and Sandy blows on out to sea.

    Comment by Jenny — October 27, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  9. That is beautiful. I bought the ebook after Susan posted about hers, now I have to make all of the shawletts in the book. Stay dry in the next couple of days.

    Comment by Michele with one "l" — October 27, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  10. Gorgeous shawl in the silk! Thanks for sharing this one.

    Comment by Sue T. — October 28, 2012 @ 7:51 am

  11. Beautiful – may just be the final straw to entice me to knit this one.
    Stay safe!

    Comment by GailR — October 28, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  12. Lovely photos of enchanting work; here’s to staying warm and dry and safe.

    Comment by Linda — October 28, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  13. Beautiful shawl. Stay safe.

    Comment by Evie — October 28, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  14. Gorgeous shawl — let’s hope it withstands the hurricane and you do too!

    Comment by Wool Free and Lovin Knit — October 29, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  15. Quite a lovely thing. I feared for it floating among the branches on that slippery hanger. Of course it came right down, right. Before last night’s rain? I lived in Florida years ago where t.p. and wine were thestandard survival kit for a hurricane. And watch in bemusement as here in Maryland grocery carts are filled with water and enough provisions for a month. Of course Katrina changed everyone (along withe aftermath of the derecho). But think about it. What a great time to knit!

    Comment by chloe — October 29, 2012 @ 7:54 am

  16. That is so elegant and sophisticated! Stay safe! 🙂

    Comment by Charlotte — October 29, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  17. As always, your work is beautiful! Stay safe and I hope the storm blows out to sea!

    Comment by Mary Lou — October 29, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  18. I want to be Susan and Sally when I grow up! Your knitting is a work of art!

    Comment by Kathy Filkins — October 29, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  19. Beautifully done! Love the beads. 🙂

    Comment by Amy — October 29, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  20. Stunning! Hope the storm is nothing more than a very minor inconvenience.

    Comment by Ruth — October 30, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  21. Hello Sally, I’m from Brazil and love your blog. I visit them always. The storm was terrible. I hope everything is fine. Beautiful pattern.

    Comment by valeria — October 31, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  22. Hoping calm before the storm carried through to right after the storm.

    Comment by Needles — November 1, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  23. Been checking each day and hope to hear soon that you and your family are safe and well. Take care.

    Comment by Elizabeth — November 1, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  24. It is beautiful! Maybe this will inspire me to actually begin knitting lace!

    Comment by Marsha — November 1, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  25. Lest I sounded heartless earlier, just wanted to say although most of us in Maryland did have the ability to knit after/during Sandy, many of the people in New Jersey and New York and elsewhere did not and our hearts are with them.

    Comment by Chloe — November 1, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  26. Wow! What a beautiful shawl! I love it. The beads add just the right something. I hope you are all right after the storm.
    Julie in San Diego

    Comment by Julie in San Diego — November 2, 2012 @ 2:41 am

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