For a while now, Adelaide has been requesting that I make her a shawl. I must admit that I've been a bit reluctant to knit one because quite by accident, we haven't had much luck keeping shawls around that I knit for her. No other piece of clothing seems to get lost of hers quite as often as shawls do. Inevitably after a rainstorm or a snow melt, I'll find the missing garment in a puddle or trashed in the woods. I don't get terribly attached to the things that I make, and honestly just want for them to be used, not treated preciously. But still...it's been a bummer each time a fingering weight knitting project that took a long time to complete shows up unwearable...or doesn't show up at all. And maybe you can understand that I wasn't very excited about casting on for another long term knitting project that might not stick around.
And then crochet happened. And well, who knew that one could crochet an entire shawl in one weekend? It's true! The pattern is the incredibly straightforward and easy to memorize Wingfeathers Shawl by Cal Patch. The yarn is our own, from those lovely little sheep that my little lady cares so much for. I wasn't certain about adding the fringe, but Adelaide LOVES that part and so I went with it. It reminds me so much of something my grandmother would have made for me as a little girl. In fact, I'm pretty sure I had a poncho version of something just like this - fringe and all. (I'm going to let her wear my shawl pin, which just might help with keeping this one around longer. We'll see.)
What a delight to find a solution that makes us both so happy! Hooray for yarn...and all the many things we can do with it!