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Roma Shawl

Roma 2
It's no secret that I love color & designing with color. So when I had to take a last minute trip to Rome at the beginning of July I quickly grabbed a couple of beautiful skeins of  Schaefer Audrey in colors that calmed me. It was only a few days after my stint in the hospital with the Lad & his broken leg, and now I was off to Rome to retrieve IJK who was experiencing health problems while on a student trip. (She's fine, nothing too serious - just issues that prevented her from completing the trip.) 

Roma Shawl Side
Audrey is a delightful blend of silk and merino in fingering weight that is the sort of yarn that once you start knitting with it you'll find it almost impossible to put down. The silk in the yarn gives amazing drape - ideal for a shawl, and adds sheen and richness to Schaefer's already amazing colors. The soft, glowing Audrey was the perfect yarn to soothe me during a week when I didn't know which end was up. On the plane I began to knit a shawl in a simple lace pattern that was easy to memorize. Then, with a brain that refused to settle on just one thought, I moved to a two color garter stitch stripe - the blue yarn could not be ignored any longer. Shawls in simple stitch patterns like this one are often the best medicine when the mind is racing. For that long flight from JFK to Rome it was perfect.

Raspberry Picking
On a hot day after my return Sofie obliged me with photos - but only if she was allowed to pick and eat raspberries while we worked. I admit to indulging in quite a few myself. Despite of my fears that the shawl would be forever ruined if she snagged it on those thorny raspberry canes the photo shoot went smoothly.

You can see more of our photos on the pattern page on Ravelry.

Raspberry Eating
Roma Shawl

Sizes: One size (but easily adjusted by adding or subtracting repeats of either the lace or garter stitch stripe)
Finished Measurements: 60" across top edge, 25" from top to point, blocked
Gauge:  16 sts & 38 rows = 4”(10cm) in garter st, blocked
Yarn: Schaefer Yarns Audrey, 50% merino/50% cultivated silk, 700 yards per 4oz skein
MC (Ivory) - “Elisabeth Kubler-Ross” - 1/2 skein,
CC -This was a one of a kind color, “Peter” or “Indigo” are similar - 1/4 skein
Needles: US 7/4.5mm or size to obtain gauge
Other Materials: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, crochet hook

Price: $6.00 US

Thank you to my test knitters, Karen, Lulu, Christine & Stacie!!


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Ok this is going to sound like an insane question, but what does your daughter use in her hair? Her hair looks like mine, just a lot healthier with less frizz!

Oh that is lovely! I especially like the border. And the first pic, with the hat, is wonderful :) Sofie is a great model.

Gorgeous, the open stitch work really shows Audrey's drape. This goes without saying, but I love your designs! p.s. I think a blog post about hair care products might be in order, what does she use?

I love this shawl! Congratulations on another great design. :)

So pretty! Really unique. I love it!

It's beautiful - you've done it again!

A summer shawl that does not look too hot to wear. Wow!

You have been full of inspiration of late! Lovely, lovely. I hope IJK is back to normal now that she's home.

this is a beautiful shawl! the lacework and colorwork are so delicate. also, i hope anders is enjoying his first week in NY (he started this week, right?) and i hope he had a great birthday!

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