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Wednesday
Mar242010

Fiddler on the Roof Marathon

Dee had a dilemma, she was assigned to make 30 shawls for her kids' school play, Fiddler on the Roof.  She had 4 weeks to get it done.  With eyes wide open, and jaw dropping down, she thought "WHAT???"  Then she sent an S.O.S.  to our HHCC crochet guild for any and all help.  I was able to get three made up for her in between everything else, so I'm glad I was able to help in some way!

This picture shows Dee wearing my first-ever shawl.  I was playing around with shapes and the "wonder-if-I-do-this-what-will-happen" thing, and this is the end result.  It actually turned out better than I thought it would!  The surprise was on me! Even more so when several members of the group demanded wanted to know where they could get the pattern.  I was under strict orders to get that shawl back after the play was finished once they found out I didn't write it down!  lol  I have pictures of it from the blocking board on Ravelry.  Look in missyboo's projects.

My second shawl was made from Solomon's Knots (oalso known as Lover's Knots).  It had been a loooong time since I had used that stitch. 

 (I just now realized how long - its been since 1995!! when I used it on part of my niece's christening gown!   EEESSHH!  Where'd the time go?!)

Dee had mentioned that the shawls needed to be AIRY for the kids, what with being under the hot stage lights during the play.  I don't think one could get much airier than this one turned out to be after being blocked, and still be able to call it a "shawl"!

I adapted the third shawl from a pattern that dates back to World War I that American women used to make for the French women who's lives had been devastated from the war.  It was a full circle, but I only made it a half circle.  Whoever was the lucky one to wear this really didn't need a double layer on their backs.  I didn't get a "before" picture of it, but before blocking, this shawl was nice and "squishy" between the fingers.  After blocking is what's in the picture, and now it's as light as could be, and a lot  "airier" to boot.

Based on this picture, I need a bigger blocking board!  And I bought the biggest of the two sizes the store had available.   ;-p

So....at our March meeting, everyone brought in the shawls they had completed.  After the counting was done, Dee had her 30 shawls.  Three weeks ahead of time!  Yay!! for us!  We're also counting it as part of CGOA'S Crochet-Along for National Crochet Month.

Wish I was going to the play!  Hey, Dee........!

Have a nice day!  :D

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