NEW PATTERN! Emma Lou Lace Shawl

So I know it's been a really long time since I have posted and I really have no excuse other than life and I suppose that will have to do! Lots of things have been happening but I will try to catch up on the most recent: homeschool is out for the summer, I had surgery a week and a half ago to repair an umbilical hernia that happened when I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago(so recovering from that:) and finally of course I have been knitting and that is really what this post is about!

I have been working on this shawl for about 2 months and my aim was to make something very feminine and vintage inspired. I am really satisfied with the result and I hope you will be too. I used madelinetosh tosh merino light in the colorway Paper and Expression Fiber Arts Resilient Superwash Merino Sock in the colorway Oopsy Writer's Block. I absolutely adored working with both of these yarns....they both knit up wonderfully and block beautifully. The yarn for the body of the shawl is held double but I suppose if you didn't want to hold it double then you could hold it as a single strand, of course, keeping in mind that the shawl would be smaller than the sample but if you wanted a small shawl then that would totally work. The shawl features 2 lace patterns : a more simple lace for the body and a delicate, airy lace for the border. The shawl ends with a picot edge and tassels...seriously, who doesn't love tassels? I could probably put tassels on EVERYTHING.....mind you, I don't know how practical that would be but hey, TASSELS!

So you might be asking, why call it Emma Lou? Well, for the last year or so, I have been desperately trying to find information on my great grandmother, Emma Lou.
My great grandmother, Emma Lou Carter(Left) and one of her daughters.

She was orphaned and had a fairly tumultuous life and very little is known about her before 1930. So we don't know what her real surname was or who her parents were....some documents have led us to believe her surname was Emma Lou Carter but we just don't know. I guess in researching her, my mind has often visited the idea of what she was like....who she was....after all, her dna does flow through my veins and the yearning to know her only continues to grow stronger. I was a baby when she passed away so I don't remember anything about her at all but I guess in some small way this is my way of honoring my great grandmother, Emma Lou. So without further ado, you can get the pattern, Emma Lou on Ravelry for an introductory offer of $1.50 USD and the discount will run through the end of day, 14 June 2018 EST.

So go pick yourself up a copy and get to knittin! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!