Golden Showers

Sometimes it pays to be a packrat.  I shoved the tags off of each rose bush into my rose book, so I can tell you with certainty that the yellow one is a Golden Showers Climbing Rose.

I also love the irony of writing about anything showers with Hanna bearing down on the Carolina coast.  Honestly, Hanna doesn’t bother me much.  She’s not a very powerful girl.  Ike concerns me, and Josephine has my attention too. 

Since Sissy didn’t get her moment in the sun yesterday, here’s a shot of her showing off the just finished shawl last night.  She was kinda’ sleep drunk, so I was able to get a couple of shots without her moving around too much.

FO report: Can’t Be There Comforting Hearts Shawl

Pattern:  Sweet and talented Grace‘s Comforting Hearts Shawl.  Can’t say enough about this pattern.  It’s the first time I’ve really used a lot of stitch markers with lace, and I think that explains why this shawl flowed so quickly and so easily.  I did some modifications, which is also a first for me with lace, and I have to give a nod to Grace and Alison, because without their brilliant designs and friendships, I wouldn’t have had the courage to try to “tweak” Grace’s pattern.

I knew I wanted a shoulder shawl for my auntie, and I knew I had to use this particular yarn, which means I *HAD* to adjust the pattern.  For the most part, I simply followed the worsted instructions, but I also did fewer repeats in the yoke. 

Specifically…

Follow to row 7 for worsted weight. Then, Knit rows 8-10. Use Row 21 instructions for row 11. Then Knit rows 12-22, and follow Row 59 instructions for row 23. This makes for a much smaller yoke, leaving lots of yarn for heart/body repeats!

Now, I knew I was cutting it close when I was about halfway through the last repeat.   My lovely (sleepy) model shows the 0.03 ounces I had left.  That’s roughly less than four yards, but that’s the beauty of knitting from the top down in ANY pattern. 

Yarn:  Tofutsies, in one of the Stitches Limited Edition colorways.  It had to be this color.  I love Tofutsies for a shawl.  It’s as close to wash and wear as you can get with lace.  It has enough wool in it to allow for shaping/blocking, but it’s also soy and chitin, so you can toss it in the washer and dryer.  That was key for this project, because while auntie taught me to knit many years ago and knows how to treasure and care for a handknit, she’s literally on her deathbed, and other people are doing her laundry. 

This isn’t blocked.  None of these photos are.  I am going to wash it and block it tonight, just because Tofutsies does sometimes have an odor to it, and a terminally ill woman needs purely pleasant smells, if any at all.  Still, between Tofutsies and Grace’s great pattern, I was able to just tug this into shape, as will auntie and/or her caretakers. 

Needles:  My trusty Knitpick Options Harmony Woods with a size 7 tip.  I knit loosely when I’m knitting lace.

Verdict:  I couldn’t be happier.  I wish there was a way to give this something bigger and better than the giant grin face on Ravelry.  The pattern conveys the love and comfort I want my auntie to be wrapped in the last days, and yet, the hearts are subtle in this colorway, because frankly, auntie isn’t one for wearing her heart on her sleeve.  I’m misty now, and I hope I can get this all out of my system before Tuesday evening when my sister and I are going to visit her.

Yes, she had her surgery yesterday.  Yes, they successfully removed the blockage/tumor in her colon, but it was too late, as I feared from my first post about this cancer.  Stage 4, with two months to live, and honestly, I don’t look for her to hold out that long.  Like Pop, I think she’s ready to go, and so once she’s given the news, she’ll say her good-byes to the host of friends and family, make sure her affairs are in order, and (I pray) slip quietly into the night. 

Just so you know, she was having VERY regular colonoscopies.  That’s how they found this blockage.  Here’s one site with lots of information on preventing colon cancer.  This is also a good time to make sure you all know about the cross-network Stand Up to Cancer special tonight in the USA.  Tune in and stand up, because I know I’m not the only one whose life has been touched by this disease.

And the weekend.  Personally, I’ll be at Hanna’s mercy.  The Knight has to work tomorrow and obviously, will be very involved at the firehouse this weekend.  We currently have a birthday dinner scheduled for my brother inlaw Sunday night, but I’m betting he and Sis will still be in Richmond watching the rain-rescheduled Richmond race (NASCAR).  Lots of time for knitting and spinning, and yes taking Sissy out with the golf umbrella…

How ’bout you?

18 comments on “Golden Showers

  1. Grace says:

    You have no idea the physical sensation I feel when I see something I designed made by someone else, your shawl is lovely, truly beautiful and you said such wonderful and sweet things about it, my heart is bursting at the moment. I can’t wait to show MB when he gets home tonight, Channon you made my day!!! Your rose is lovely too. Yellow roses are my particular favorite–although I never met a rose I didn’t like!, Tom brings them to me several times a year, and has many tattooed on him just ’cause he loves me!!!

  2. gaylen says:

    That is one truly beautiful shawl and I’m certain she will feel the love. I felt it just reading about it.

    Your weekend sounds lovely and relaxing. g

  3. Dianne says:

    It turned out sooo lovely. I’m sure your Aunt will feel the love that you knit into every stitch. Hugs to her, and to you, too.

  4. nichole says:

    Chan, it is BEAUTIFUL! I just adore how it came out – the color, the drape, the pattern. Its perfect!

    I’m wearing my “I Wear Blue for My Mom” t-shirt today (don’t normally wear tees like this to work, but something made me grab it today)…….

    Hugs.

  5. YOur Shawlette turned out beautifully. How brave to make mods on such a “big” project. I’m sure your Aunt will love it..especially because of the love poured into it by you.

  6. AlisonH says:

    Thank you, Chan, for making that for her. It’s just beautiful. I’m so sorry about the news; send her a hug from me, could you?

  7. StarSpry says:

    I’m so sorry about the news; but I know your Aunt will love the shawl you made her. It’s beautiful!

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    The shawl turned out so pretty! I know your Aunt will love it and I’m sorry to hear that there wasn’t a better prognosis. 😦 Stay safe while Hanna blunders through the coast.

  9. crimsonpurl says:

    LOL @ Sissy modeling the shawl.
    You are all done! Yay!! Can’t wait to hear your aunt’s reaction to her gift.

  10. Robin in VA says:

    WOW…that rose is amazing! Your shawl is beautiful too!

  11. paula says:

    Wow what a beautiful rose! I like the name.
    I really love your shawl too adn Sissy looks so adorable modeling it for us.
    I hope you guys get passed by in the strength of the hurricanes!

  12. Trudy says:

    I’m a cyber buddy of Grace and I love seeing her pleasure at seeing other’s working her pattern up so beautifully. I hope the wonderful woman that it’s for will have some good, pain-free hours to enjoy wearing it, and knowing the prayers you said while you knit it for her.

  13. holly says:

    The tofutsies was perfect for that shawl. That is such a sweet shawl.

  14. holly says:

    Sorry I hit the button before finishing. We will keep your Aunt and Family in our prayers and Hugs to you.

  15. Cathy says:

    The shawl came out *great* and I am so glad your aunt is doing well.

  16. Nancy says:

    That shawl is lovely. Peaceful thoughts to your Aunt.

  17. Miss Me says:

    the shawl is lovely and your model could become a supermodel… i like her attributes much better!

  18. fireflynights says:

    I’m sorry the news about your aunt isn’t better, but you have made her a lovely gift that she can treasure during her last days as a continued reminder of your love and affection. I’m sorry I didn’t know how to knit during the years my mother was in the nursing home.

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