The shawl is finished, and when I wear it, I feel as though I have wrapped the green Vermont hills around my shoulders. The colors are intensely vegetal. The lace patterns are leaf-inspired. And every stitch was lovingly made on this trip to Vermont.
I designed it as a half-pi shawl (i.e. the increases are made in concentric rings rather than in rays) with three sections of leafy lace stitch patterns and a garter stitch border. The final lace pattern, "ivy leaf," gives it a gently scalloped edge. I'm in love with it.
I knew I wanted to knit such a shawl as soon as Mountain Man gave me this yarn. The entire process -- inspiration, sketching, swatching, calculating, knitting -- took just two weeks. I really kicked into high gear for this one because I did so want to finish it on this trip!!
I'm very proud of how this pattern turned out, and I'll definitely be writing it up. Any ideas for pattern names? I'd love to hear your thoughts.