After giving shawls the ol’ college try last year and still feeling lobster-bibby about them, I decided to try again but with a pattern more scarf like. I wanted something that would still be lacy and pretty, but that wouldn’t make me feel like asking for more butter and a shrimp fork.
Enter Abrazo (by Susanna IC) from the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Twist Collective. It’s gently curved so it sits nicely on your shoulders and not so overwhelming large that it’s cumbersome. It still has the scalloped pointy bits along one edge, but not so much that it’s granny-like.
Heather from Sereknity Yarns had set aside some Good Harbor Sock Options in coal for me at Fiber Revival (when she remembered that I wanted some 8 months before) and a few weeks later I cast on. 10 days is my magic number for small shawl completion. Ishbel? 10 days. Swallowtail? 10 days. True to form, Abrazo was also 10 days from cast on to bind off.
After I finished it, I still wasn’t 100% how I felt about it, so to force the decision, I put away all my other scarves for a week and only wore Abrazo. By the end of the week, I wasn’t wearing it like a shawl, but it had certainly become a favourite. It’s so warm! And if I just scrunch it around my neck, it may defeat some of the purpose of the design, but it’s the only way I like it. And like it I do.