Saturday, April 29, 2017

Romantic Soul Shawl

There's just something about Springtime that beckons to my romantic nature, causing me to pick up my crochet hook and create something light, airy, lacy and feminine. This fresh time of year with all it's full flowers and blossoming romance is made for dreamers and lovers and beautiful things like lacework shawls.
So I set aside my knitting needles from time to time, even though they always have works in progress on them as well, and reach for a crochet hook so I can feel the slick glide of ebony wood and lace weight fiber gliding through my fingers to create delicate articles that will feed my old soul. After all, Crochet was my first love even before I held my first set of knitting needles.
I made the body of this shawl using hand painted merino wool in shades of blue with a touch of delicate green and used a very soft white lace weight wool for the edging. I must admit that I had a struggle with myself for a couple of days...
Every single stitch of this was pure bliss for me. It was therapy for my soul. At no time, however, did I have the thought of keeping it for myself. I am years past that battle. I've been selling my handwork far too long for that. Then I wrapped it around myself after it was blocked and my sister came to take the photos for me. Well.... blue is a good color for me... I never make anything for myself...
the voice of my sweet sister, "Danette, it really does look good on you"...
 maybe just this once...
My wayward heart nearly won out. But then I remembered, as I always do, I have the ability to make another one anytime I want to. So....
You can find this one on my Shop here 
If you're like me and the whisper of lace moving ever so gently against your skin sings a song your soul recognizes, then you understand that momentary pull on my heart towards keeping it for my very own. I have to say though, I am certain I created it for someone very special. Someone who will experience all the same beauty and magic I did the moment I settled it around myself. I get a feeling about particular pieces while I'm working on them and once they're completed. I know they are destined for a lifetime journey with a special heart and soul.
That's why, no matter how much I love them, I let them go. I wrap them with care and send them off with a prayer for the recipient and thankfulness in my heart to God that I am blessed by the pleasure it gives me to make the things I make and that others are, hopefully, blessed by the use of them. Then I pick up my hook and needles and create anew.

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Sonnets


  1. Oh, it's gorgeous, Danette! Well done! You should write a little book of knitting/crochet devotions.

    1. Thank you Pom Pom... and you may have just inspired a new thought in me Dear Friend... Thank You :-)))

  2. that is such a beautiful crocheted shawl, it looks like violets in the snow! Perfect for spring, and oh so romantic!

    1. Julie, I LOVE this! I should have had your input BEFORE giving this shawl its name! And Thank You Sweet Friend :-)))

  3. It is so pretty! You know how much I love all the things lacy and airy! Love your shawl.
    And you look so beautiful too. Great pictures!
    Hugs from California!

    1. Every time I crochet something lacy and airy I think of you Olga because I DO know how much you like these things like I do!!!
      And Thank You :-)
      Hugs to You from rainy Illinois...

  4. I know I've told you this already, but this is so gorgeous! Love that you chose to make the lacy edging in the cream color. PERFECT!

    1. Oh Thank You! Sometimes I like to throw a little contrast in there even when the pattern doesn't call for it...
      We don't always have to do what they say, now do we?! 😉

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