As a maker and all around visual person, I find endless inspiration on Instagram. From knitting and sewing to cooking and home decor, it’s easy to find lots to love. Sometimes all that inspiration can become overwhelming and noisy. But when it’s good, it’s really good.
A couple of months ago, many of the knitters I follow started making the same shawl. I watched these shawls take shape and grow, lumpy masses of wooly lace on the needles. And as more and more friends finished their shawls, my desire to knit one of my own grew stronger.
The pattern was in the back of my mind as I set off to Black Sheep Gathering in June. If I find just the right yarn for this shawl, I will make it! I thought to myself.
You can imagine what happened when I visited Brooke in her booth, Sincere Sheep. This bouncy, earthy Rambouillet jumped into my hands, and before I knew it there was a neutral rainbow of wool laid out on the table. In that instant the idea for a shawl knit up in a natural gradient was born.
I stumbled a bit through the first clue of this shawl (it was originally a mystery knit-along). Its rhythm didn’t come naturally to me, and I had to pay close attention to the pattern. Soon enough it all clicked, and I was off!
And just as I was once obsessed with looking at other people’s shawls on Instagram, I became obsessed with knitting my own. Other projects sat untouched over the last couple of weeks as I embarked on a mission to finish this.
I’m so glad I let the inspiration I found online follow me into real life. I’m happy I took action and made something my own. It was a joy to knit, and I can just imagine it will be very cozy to wear as soon as the weather starts to cool.