This summer I had the wonderful privilege of being a member of a small knitting group. We met once a week as time allowed and all worked on the Dragonfly’s Path Shawl pattern.
Long before Covid-19 hit and changed our world, I was part of a team that served dinner to our community. This was an outreach project that our local church hosted. My participation on this ministry team was rewarding in many ways and one of those ways was meeting two kindred spirits that love life, family, community, and knitting. Our evenings of volunteering were filled with laughter and fun. It wasn’t long before we started talking of forming a little group where we could continue getting to know each other and share our love of knitting.
After much back and forth about how our little group could continue in light of the virus, we needed to decide on a project we would like to tackle. We fell in love with Dragonfly’s Path by Jennifer Weissman. Some of the things that drew us to this pattern were the crescent shape, the garter stitch body, the fluid movement of the cable across the bottom of the shawl, and the scalloped edge.
Both friends chose to use my yarn for their shawl. Interestingly enough we each chose a different fibre combination. One member chose my baby alpaca, cashmere and silk blend, the second selected my silk and merino and I knit mine using my sparkle sock yarn.
The pictures above show our progress. The blue shawl is made from the sparkle sock yarn in the colorway Azure Blue. The green shawl was knit with silk and super-wash merino in the colorway Growth. The shawl still in progress is being knit with baby alpaca, cashmere and silk in the colorway Cerise.
Here you can see the shawls after they were blocked. I was really intrigued to see how each of the yarns worked up. All three of the yarns have lovely stitch definition. The biggest difference is the look and feel of the knitted fabric. The sock yarn is soft and squishy and the sparkle catches your eye, the silk yarn has beautiful sheen and drape as well as being lovely and soft. The baby alpaca, cashmere and silk shawl is soft and also has lovely sheen and drape and will be wonderfully warm.
The Dragonfly’s Path shawl pattern was a fun knit. The garter stitch was easy to knit and we were able to chat freely during this part of the construction. The instructions for the cable edge are well written and easy to follow. Once the the cable pattern has been repeated several times it is easily memorized. Jen has you place removable stitch markers in pivotal spots along the edge of the shawl so that you can ensure you’re completing each section of the pattern correctly.
Our little group has decided to continue meeting. We love our time together. Having friends you can share your heart with and then in the next moment be laughing with is a true gift. The cooler weather will have us bundling up so we can continue to meet together outdoors. We’ve decided that we will tackle socks, knit two-at-a-time, for our next group project.