In the past five days, I have flown from London to Johannesburg and back again! That is a seriously long way to fly for such a short period of time. I was there on business (to teach a workshop) and so can’t even give you many impressions of the city; I had no time for sight-seeing. I can tell you that everyone I met was super-friendly and that the students I taught were amazing – so dedicated and optimistic and smart!
I approached the flight as any knitter would: what project would make the best airplane knitting? I had finished up all the projects I had been working on so needed to find something new. It had to be lightweight, take up no room in my handbag, and be fairly monotonous and repetitive. There was one obvious choice.
Last year, I bought a dozen balls of Rowan Kidsilk Eclipse in the colour Virgo, just after it was discontinued. I used five balls to knit my Gossamer pullover, but put seven balls away with the intention of knitting another Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl. I knit one years ago, in a vibrant grass-green, and it remains one of the favorite things I have ever knit. You can see it in this post, where my enthusiasm for the project is hard to miss.
This shawl will be gorgeous in the Eclipse! It knits up incredibly sheer, with lovely texture and movement. The pattern was designed by Lily Chin for the Winter 1999/2000 edition of Vogue Knitting. It has since been published in many anthologies of Vogue Knitting patterns and can also be purchased on Ravelry (link). The green one took me over 18 months to knit!!!! Not, I might add, because it is difficult, but because it is a boring and monotonous knit and kept getting put aside for more exciting projects. I can say with absolute authority, however, that this shawl is worth every minute of knitting time.
I can also say, that with 4 more trips to Johannesburg planned this year, I am likely to finish this one in less time! I have a good 18 inches done (unblocked), which means I have one-quarter of the shawl already knit.
And now, I think, I deserve a nap!