This summer I made several trips down to Bay Area to take care of my dental work, including this past weekend. Every time I went down to Bay Area, I vowed to go into SF and walk around. Then I never did. I simply didn't have the motivation to deal with the traffic there. So I learned to bring some easy projects while I chilled at my brother's house. I usually worked on socks during my trips, but this time, I brought a shawl project.
The yarn, Malabrigo Socks, was purchased at Fengari in Half Moon Bay when I last visited Bay Area a month ago. Half Moon Bay is the one place where I was always glad to drive to as the traffic there is much, much easier. And I love going down to the coast and see the big Pacific Ocean.
I bought one skein in multi-color, and the other in hot pink, both were obvious impulse purchase. My town has no yarn store, so I buy most yarn online and make my color decisions based on what I would wear, etc. But whenever I visited an actual store, I'd totally go crazy with the blings and brights.
With these yarn, I made a colorwork hat few weeks ago. However, the design looked lost in this combo. This time I made a shawl with the left over yarn.
The design was exactly the same as Handspun Shawl I made last year. I needed a easy pattern for the road, and the simplicity of stockinette stitch for the the body of the shawl was a perfect choice. Made most of the shawl the few days I was chilling at my brother's house, and finished the very simple border after I got home.
I'm loving the crazy color combo, because it was adventurous for me. Now I totally want to venture out beyond the regular old reliable, aesthetically pleasing choices a lot more!
One note, I finished the border while watching day 1 of Democrat Convention on TV. I was tearing up watching our First Lady Michelle Obama's speech. She reminded me that despite all the hurtful languages that are thrown around, this is a wonderful country. This is the country that elected an intelligent black president 60 years after civil right movements. This is the country where I can be myself and thrive as an individual beyond molds. This is the country where people do acknowledge the problems we have so we can work on them. I remember when Michelle Obama was campaigning for her husband in 2008, I said to my colleague, I'd totally vote for her if she ever runs for president."
And, one more very BRIGHT note, the doctor's office just called a hour ago about my test result and said everything came back normal!!