Before I show this to you, I should at least wait till it's dry. I should at least dye it like I planned to. Because that would be the right thing to do.
But - what the heck - I just cannot wait to show you.
My incredibly fast test knitter just dropped around her finished version of what I have tentatively named the Bollywood capelet. (Not shawlette - capelet). Some of you who read the other Sydney knitters blogs may remember the prototype I knit for LynS for her birthday.
(Whilst looking for the particular post about this scarf on LynS's blog, I became distracted and ended up reading almost her entire archive. What an inspirational woman; independent, intelligent, incredibly stylish and what's more - every thing she knits is beautiful too. And this digression led me to burn my shortcrust pastry stars - luckly they are only for a tree in the gingerbread houses front yard, not for eating. Anyhow, where was I?)
So, I have written the pattern up and had it test knitted. And here it is; heavily wet and not blocked - but I just couldn't wait.
There are a lot of small shawls out there right now. I think the small shawl is to 2009 what the small tubular neckwarmer was to 2008. I designed it because I like my lace pretty - not edgy or androgynous.
It's easier than feather and fan (only a four row pattern) but does have patterning on both sides. The triple panel construction gives you a 'capelet' that sits beautifully on the shoulders, but of course it can be scrunched up and wound around the neck as a scarf also.
The great thing about small shawls is that they only take one 100g skein, so you get a lot of instant gratification.
It will be included in the second parcel of the 'Indian Summer' yarn club, so some of you reading here will get yours soon. I may put it for sale on ravelry and my etsy store in the future, but there are no immediate plans.
I may even be back again before New Years' Eve, I have a funny story about the twelve disastrous snowflakes of crochet!