Happiness grows in red flowers
Saturday October 25th 2008, 4:22 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit

Kathy yoke Nina main body from \

I showed this awhile ago in its earlier stages.  There was a lull in the knitting with that flu bug.  But now it’s done, blocked, the ends run in, and ready to go.

I wanted a one-off, something unique but familiar.  So I knitted the Kathy shawl through the yoke and from there in the Nina pattern, and I really like how they played together.

I love the arbors in Nina’s done in red: they remind me of the climbing bougainvillea that so surprised me when we arrived in California in March ’87.  We were coming from New Hampshire, where it had been snowing and snowing and SNOWING and snowing, five and a half feet’s worth in 17 days after a whole winter of the stuff.   The kicker was when my little girl wanted to play on the swingset: I looked out the window from the second story and challenged her wryly, “Try to find it first.” You could just make out the top bar.

bougainvillea down the streetThen we arrived here where it was in the middle of springtime, with these gorgeous flowers skipping around fences everywhere in cheerful red and bright fuschia, just an explosion of nature singing “I feel pretty!”

Which, you know, is actually how I’m hoping the recipient will feel when she puts this on.October bougainvillea blossoms

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Alison, it is breathtakingly gorgeous! The recipient will love it!

Comment by Joansie 10.25.08 @ 5:23 pm

OHHHH, that is gorgeous. The red makes a beautiful shawl and I love the bougainvillea, too. The first time I saw them, I left snow and went to Arizona! Such a great treat.

Comment by sherry in idaho 10.26.08 @ 7:21 am

I am sure she will — how not, with such a gorgeous shawl! And you’re right, the colors are very bougainvillea-esque 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 10.26.08 @ 9:00 am

I don’t see how she can’t not like it. What a beautiful shawl. And stop with the snow stories. I am already dreading winter up here!

Comment by Carol 10.26.08 @ 12:09 pm

The shawl is just lovely! The color is superb.

Ah, bougainvillea, how I wish it could live here.
I was gifted a beautiful one on mother’s day a few years ago, but it just couldn’t survive these hills.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 10.26.08 @ 3:19 pm

Once again a true work of art. What a wonderful gift.

Due to climate change bougainvillea survives here now in central Texas planted in the ground – along with many other plants that used to freeze in the winter.

Comment by rebecca jc 10.26.08 @ 3:33 pm

Oh my!!! Absolutely lovely. It really does look like a flower…

Comment by Channon 10.27.08 @ 6:44 am

Lovely shawl!

I’m torn on the whole winter thing. On the one hand, there’s snow shoveling. On the other? The danged grass will finally stop growing.

Comment by RobinH 10.27.08 @ 7:35 am

I LOVE how you combined those two patterns together into one shawl.

Comment by karin 10.27.08 @ 6:56 pm

Oh my gosh, your lace knitting is beautiful! I love the rich color!
Thank you for visiting my little blog. 🙂
….and yes, SOTS iii was one of the nicer KAL’s.

Comment by Maria 10.30.08 @ 11:43 am

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