And so, when I cleaned out my shawl drawer, I set this red and purple creation aside to give to the Princess. It's one of my less-successful attempts, and in all honesty I think I wore it only once. In theory, it was a lovely idea - triangular in back with extra shaping to provide square front pieces for a better fit. The yarn was a gorgeous hand-dyed mohair that I fell head over heels for...until I began working with it and discovered what an expensive nightmare it was. It went into the bottom of the drawer, coming out periodically only to find that my feelings toward it were not changing.
My Princess, of course, doesn't have a negative history with this shawl. When I gave it to her, her eyes grew big and she squealed in delight. She almost couldn't believe that this was going to be her very own shawl, and she fell in love right away.
I see a lifetime of shawl knitting in her future as well.