Gift #626: New Knit-a-long

Unique Sheep started their next knit-a-long today!  I’ve been excitedly waiting to share it with you all and eager to get started.  We’ve had to wait since end of February, but that was ok because I was still working on Peter Pan.  I had wanted to finish it before the next knit-a-long started so I wouldn’t have so many projects in progress.  This knit-a-long is based on the classic Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and will be a circular lacey shawl with beadwork.

I knew immediately what I wanted it to look like – I envisioned the center of the shawl as a watery blue, merging to green along the outer edges.   I wanted to evoke the watery images of the river draped with willow branches.  I found the perfect colorway at Unique Sheep and they matched some lovely crystal beads to mimic dewdrops, at my request.

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Isn’t it beautiful?!  It looks just like the world of “the willows” to me.  Now this brings me to an uncomforable confession.  I have never read Wind in the Willows.   So I decided it would be doubly special if I read the book as I participated in the knit-a-long.   It just so happens that I finished the book I was reading at lunch yesterday, which freed me up to start Wind and the Willows on the same day that the knit-a-long started.

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I am reading the book with a great sense of anticipation, expecting great things from the story.  I have not been disappointed.   From the first few sentences I felt as if I were meeting a life-long friend for the first time, or as if I were coming to a place I’d never seen before but knowing it was home.  I’m looking forward to falling in love with Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad.

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