This is the Heaven And Space Shawl. I knitted it over the course of a year, little realising that I’d finish in time for yellow to be this season’s colour. Guess I’m just lucky to be a slow knitter!
It was made using yarn bought from Strictly Knitting on the Isle of Wight. Ella and I always make a point of visiting this shop when I’m on the island.
The wool is beautiful – I wish I could remember the brand.
I felt bad about how long it took me to knit this shawl, until someone reminded me that it had accompanied me on a significant journey, watching me slowly turn my life around. It was my commute knit, as I darted around London, to Bologna and Frankfurt, through winter and summer, networking my little tush off.
Building a new chapter in my career took guts. Turns out, it also took knitting.
I still felt perplexed by this shawl when I finished and pinned it out. It was a long saffron snake, writhing with a life I didn’t quite understand until I blocked those 3D ripples into parallelograms.
Finally, I started to wear my shawl and discovered that I rather liked its golden twists and turns.
Funny how life turns out. I think I must keep this shawl for ever, and remember what it taught me. To choose a quicker project next time!