Actually, it seems like I have hardly knitted at all in the past year or two. And yet, starting to sew has rekindled my knitting, and my embroidery, with a touch of needlepoint thrown in as well. With so many ongoing projects, visible results seem slow to materialize however. At least I finished the shawl I started over a year ago. It amazes me how quickly things move along once I have a deadline, and how willing I am to let things slide without a due-date on the horizon.
The shawl was promised and the director of the shawl ministry wanted to be able to display it after church with other prayer shawls and a (small) selection of the clothes going to Bolivia for the children who live with their mothers in the Women's prison there. One of my dresses is displayed (on the far right), but I made only a tiny contribution to this generous effort. My lilac shawl is the one hanging on the front of the rack on the right side of the picture. The light is good for capturing the true color of the shawl.
These are the only photos I have of the finished shawl. It was only after I sent it out that I realized I had forgotten to take pictures. Somehow that is not surprising.
In typical fashion, it was only after I got home and looked at the photos that I realized that the shawl had been hanging "wrong" side out. Of course, as a shawl, the intention is that it be attractive on both sides, There was some confusion over the border I chose to add to the shawl. Apparently the border is considered more attractive on the back than the front. Aesthetic decisions are highly subjective anyway.
But this means that the only photo I have of the front of the pattern is the fairly poor photo from May of 2015. I'm sure I'll use this pattern again as the results are lovely and it is fun to knit. Hopefully I'll take photos the second time around. I am happy that the shawl will go somewhere where it is appreciated, rather than just occupying space in my drawer. Much as I find it beautiful, I will never wear it.