Knitting for my grandmother

whiter shade of pale shawl
Morlynn shawl (a whiter shade of pale)

My mother is going to visit my grandmother in India. My grandmother is all excited, although she keeps asking if I can’t come along. But it just doesn’t look like I’ll be able to manage it this year. I’m hoping to go next year when my grandmother will be turning 90 (!!!!). Now that’ll be a major celebration, although I doubt we’ll be able to get all the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids there at the same time (much less fit them all into her house). That doesn’t include the cousins of all generations – after all my grandmother is one of 12 siblings, so there are tons of more relatives right there.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. As with most older people, my grandmother feels chill very often and likes to wear a cardigan to fend off the cold. I’ve been planning to knit a cardigan for her but I hadn’t yet knit a garment last year so last year was a bust. This year, things have been just too busy, plus I keep asking someone to let me know what her size is. So far no info, so no cardigan.

Then my Dad had the awesome idea of sending a handknit shawl to her. I don’t want to mail one to her (what if it got lost???) so I’d need to get it done in time to send with my Mom. A few days would be easily doable, as long as I have more time than over the last few weeks. I spent most of Friday going through my queue, looking at patterns, contemplating which yarn to use. My parents were suggesting I knit something like my Morlynn shawl – no crazy colors, nice and warm and a their favorite project of all things I’ve knit so far. Something like my Morlynn – why not send her my Morlynn itself? I know she’ll love and treasure it. That’ll be the best compliment to me. And I can cast on for a replacement shawl for myself without all the time pressure. 11 shawls in 2011, here I come!

Goodybye Morlynn! Keep my grandmother warm!


Sorry, I haven’t posted an update the last few days. I’ve neglected everything for the sake of Easter presents. I feel like a slacker. I’ll be posting about my Easter projects over the next few days, and then I’ll be updating my knitting projects. I have some catching up to do!

In the meanwhile, to keep you entertained, here’s a freaking awesome scarf wearing tutorial:


Still working (feverishly) on Easter presents, but at least I get to sit out on the balcony, wiggle my toes in the sun, and listen to an audiobook while knitting. Mmmm, and perhaps I’ll later head out and get one of these:

ice cream cone
My idea of bliss - ice cream on a sunny day (flavors are cassis and yoghurt)

My weekend project

red yarn
yarn I dyed fire red

The yarn has a high nylon content, so I used Jacquard dyes since they seem to work well on yarns with a higher man-made fiber content. The color is Fire Red, and I’m really happy with the finished color. I need that color for an Easter project – I’ll post more about it once it’s finished.

Dyeing the yarn was lots of fun, so I think I’ll be experimenting some more in the future.