Like many knitters I justify my stash by knitting for others or for charity. We’re selfless, kind hearted folk who do it for the love of the feel of the wool between our fingers, the sound of the clicking of our needles and the idea that we are making something with love for the recipient.

But what do we knit for ourselves?

Back in July I had a birthday and my mum presented me with a bag overflowing with wool. In it was some Rowan Kidsilk Haze – gorgeously soft and fluffy. It was crying out to be made into something luxurious.

Around the same time I’d found the perfect dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding – except the wedding was at the beginning of September and the dress was held up by small straps. I do posses a jacket but I was enchanted by the idea of a shawl.

Weddng shawl

Wedding shawl

shawl

shawl

The pattern was featured in Knitting Magazine (issue 51, June 2008) and is ‘Sumptuous’ by Alison Dupernex. It was quite simple once you got the hang of it and produced a beautiful honeycomb effect.  I stitched tiny beads into it (to reflect the light rather than stand out – you can just about make them out in the picture below). The only problem was that the mohair content brushed off onto my husband and son’s suits. 

close up

close up

As it turned out – despite the fantastic weather on the preceding days – the wedding day was one of torrential rain and the shawl was very welcome and warm – I can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it again!