A finished object … and a good cause

This shawl was finished a couple of weeks ago, but of course, then it needed blocking and the ends sewn in. The blocking was accomplished last week, and, thanks to the weather, took 4 days to dry. If I’d waited to block it until breakfast yesterday, when it was heading to 30 degreesC, it would have been dry by lunch.

Anyway, it’s all done now, ends sewn in, and modelled by Nadie with assistance from His Beariness.

The pattern is – of course – my default setting, the Forest Canopy by Susan Lawrence. According to my Ravelry projects page, this is the eighth time I’ve made this one. I actually thought I’d made more of them but eight is a respectable tally.

This time around I used SWTC Inspiration yarn which is 50% Alpaca / 50% soysilk on 5mm KP Harmony needles.

The original colours of the yarn were a perfectly nice, pale green called  Success that I’d bought in Tara’s destash, and an equally nice grayed mauve called Memories bought from Ecoyarns. Nothing wrong with those colours at all, except that they weren’t what I wanted for this project, so I overdyed them all with a mix of Landscapes Ice and Marine. I will admit that it was a bit of a gamble because I had no idea how the soysilk would accept the dye, and the result is a bit softer and heatherier than if I’d done the same to pure alpaca or wool in those base colours.

I like it. The soysilk adds a soft sheen to the warmth of the alpaca.

But I’m not keeping it. This one has been made with a very specific goal in mind, which is where you all come in.

If you’d like to have it all for yourself or someone you love VERY VERY much, all you need to do is pop over to either my page or Nadie’s for next month’s Cancer Council Castlemaine Relay For Life, and make a donation of $10 or more before November 11.

For every $10 donated to the cause of Cancer Research through either of our pages, I’ll enter your name into a draw for the shawl. Donate more and you’ll get extra entries.

BTW I’ll happily post anywhere in the world.


12 thoughts on “A finished object … and a good cause

  1. The shawl is beautiful, great job.

    Yay that you are doing the Relay For Life … it is a wonderful event, and the feeling as you participate is just awesome. Good luck with it all.

    Take care, hugs xx

  2. Dorothy says:

    Absolutely magnificent !! Love the colour, love the pattern and I love how it will be used to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

  3. donna lee says:

    I finally obtained that pattern and will attempt one of my own. I’ve admired yours for a while. This one is especially beautiful.

  4. Maria says:

    Love it! Such a generous gesture to donate it

  5. catsmum says:

    thanks Maria … now all I need is the donations

  6. Lynne says:

    The shawl is gorgeous; I love the colour you’ve dyed. I can see why it’s your “go to” pattern – it is always stunning. I wish you all the best in your fun run; good on you.

  7. catsmum says:

    everyone likes the shawl but no one has donated 😦

  8. Bronwen McCoy (castlemaine) says:

    Oh Susan, that is just beautiful, and even though I am team captain for another team in Castlemaine Relay for Life, i will donote to you..let me be the first to be in the draw. I will see you at the event 🙂 Hopefully its not like last year. Bron.

  9. […] I’ll blog about the experience tomorrow as well as announcing the person who will be taking home the alpaca lace shawl. […]

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