This pattern started with a tweet. Before I had completely formulated the plan Liberty's Yarn was offering yarn support. And when I received the gorgeous yarn, I knew there was a gorgeous leafy motif I wanted to incorporate. And so it went.
We won't speak of my math-impaired brain or how I frantically knit the sample for this in a 2-day coffee-powered Doctor Who haze. The shaping on this is simple and works quite nicely and makes a wide crescent shaped shawlette that is easy to wrap around around you. The small size is 60" wide and 12" deep. The large size is 72" wide and 15" deep.
This shawl is named after the March of Spring by Frederick Delius. I went to my favorite used book store - Chamblin's Bookmine - to see if I could find any books about Frederick Delius.
I stood in front of the composers section at the book store. This is the biggest, best bookstore I have ever been in by the way - 55,000 square feet of books. Miles and miles of aisles of books. Every sort imaginable. If you want it, they have it. And they have the best employees - true bookworms - who can always help you find what you need. But I stood there trying to find something on Delius. He's a bit obscure, so nothing jumped out at me. Until I saw the word "Samarkand" on a book spine. We listened to a great fantasy story a while back about the Amulet of Samarkand. So that was the very first book I pulled off the shelf.
Yep, Frederick Delius. I stood there in amazement, and I think I must have been talking to myself in amazement because the lady next to me gave me an odd look and scurried away. Knitting this shawlette was an adventure, and with Liberty's gorgeous Bluetopia yarn I loved every stitch.
Delius is the second of the Seven Songs. It's available in the e-book for $21.95 - and there are five more patterns coming. Or you can buy it individually for $6.00
And with this song there is a special bonus. Liberty kindly sent me two skeins of the Absinthe Bluetopia, so you have an opportunity to win a skein! Comment on this entry and you will be entered to win your very own skein. I will draw the winner on Friday!