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Monday, October 17, 2011

Something New

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I know Friday I was babbling about sleeves, but I got distracted and decided to start something else instead.  Back in April, shortly after marrying Prince William, Kate (the Duchess of Cambridge) was spotted going grocery shopping in a shawl!  Of course the general public probably didn't get the significance of this, but Ravelry picked up on it and went crazy (or parts of Ravelry did).  There are probably ten or more patterns for Kate's shopping shawl, both free and for sale, all slightly different.  Being someone who loves princesses (even though she's just a duchess for now), I knew I would want to make one of these shawls.  The fact that she wears it with a long tee/tunic, jeans and ballet flats means it would totally fit into my own wardrobe of tees, jeans and ballet flats.  (Do I have royal style and didn't know it?)  I decided to use the Cambridge pattern, and instead of a dark olive/forest green (or is it an olive in a dark forest?), I decided to go with purple - Madelinetosh Pashmina (love!) in Logwood to be exact.  The ruffles are done with short rows as you go and except for two tiny Kitchener stitch seams to join the ruffle at the beginning and at the end, there's no other finishing.  This will probably be my drag around in public project because I've gotten the pattern memorized and at this point, it's not huge.

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