Finished Object Friday. As if I have a finished object every Friday . . .
I found this 95 percent complete shawl in a bag in the back of my closet, the source of so much mystery. It’s Susan Gutperl’s Birch Leaf Shawl, which is a frankly easier version of Sharon Miller’s all-time greatest thing ever, the timeless Rowan pattern, Birch.
The yarn is Manos Lace, a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere blend that makes you glad you’re a knitter. Alvina Aqua is the shade.
This simple lace pattern really, really gets me. I’ve made five of these, and I don’t really know how this one came into existence. I do have photographic evidence of it in India, so it definitely went there. I think I cranked it while the couple next to me on the plane went into Ambien coma and I was hostage to their eight-hour snooze. They were stretched out like Lincoln Logs. I thought they were dead.
Why make the Birch Leaf Shawl instead of Birch? It’s because Susan Gutperl eliminated the 300-stitch cast on at the beginning of Birch, a soul sucker if there ever was one. Susan starts at the teeny point, and you increase until you run out of yarn, will, or time.
The weather in Nashville is incredible. Wishing you a lot of nothin’ this weekend.