So, there was this dress...
Well, let me tell you about this creation first. The pattern is a Gingko Shoulderette Shawl. I learned about it at Rose Path after Diane made the smaller version( posted on Shush, I'm Counting here).
You can find the pattern at Fragrant Heart Blog, here. It is a free download. Gotta love that!
I used Noro's Shirakaba in colorway #3. It is a 42% silk, 40% cotton, and 18% wool blend. Works up as light as air! Great drape.
I particularly love the way this yarn and this pattern work up together -- to give a contemporary geometric design along with a touch of traditional in the lacework.
If you are ready to give lace a try, I think this would be a wonderful one to jump in on. The body is a simple stockinette stitch and then the lace pattern is repeated in small segments; so, it is easy to see if you have made a mistake before you have invested a ton of work and THEN have to backtrack.
Unlike other lacework I have done, there is no break on the purl side. The pattern continues, still I found it quite manageable. Back to the story...
So, there was this dress... All of my friends hovering around the mid-century mark know the one. Yeah, it is the one that the mind, of the mature woman you have become, reels-in the heart, of the young woman you once were, with the "that is not age appropriate" line.
This dress has been hanging in my closet for three years. Yep. It was on a sale rack. It was NOT age appropriate. It was full length... soft billowy gathers of finest, sweet cotton batiste. Sleeveless. Not appropriate. Still my heart so loved the romance... the softness... the colors. My older self finally gave in to my heart; it was on sale.
So, then reality set in. It would have to be hemmed. I would really need some kind of cover-up. I attempted my first lace shawl. Didn't work. Just didn't look like I wanted... like I dreamed. The dress hung in the closet
Then, there was the Gingko in Noro blue... Perfection!! Ample coverage... and a romantic feel all its own. And, there was Italy coming up. When would there ever be a more romantic place to enjoy my own romance with this dress? It took me three hours to hem it. Five and a half days of crazy knitting to finish the shawl... Worth every minute.
This isn't a great photo, but it is proof that a matron can cloak her girl's heart and have a most romantic evening with her handsome beloved. Mission accomplished! ;) AND, I am envisioning it with jeans and a tee shirt this fall.
These are a couple of views we enjoyed walking home from dinner in Florence...
Or Firenze, as they say over there...
Ladies, don't give up on your heartsongs. Young ladies, enjoy your young arms and all the appropriateness of your age!! ;)
blessings ~ tanna
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