2005 marks the year when my fascination with shawls began. I become fixated on making a Charlotte's Web shawl with Koigu KPPM Yarn from Maia Landra. I think I started the shawl and ripped it out at least 50 times before I packed it all away and decided I needed more learning time before I could attempt making this shawl again. Along the way I picked up my shawl 'bible', "Folk Shawls", by Cheryl Oberle and have been gradually working my way though the patterns. As I worked on my first lace pattern from the book , "The Heartland Shawl" I thought I had hit the same snag. I kept starting and ripping again. I thought I was doomed to never be ale to try a lace pattern!
I posted a plea for help on Ravelry and, surprise, Cheryl Oberle herself, answered my query. Such a simple thing - use markers! Ah! The Heartland shawl was a success (and I want to make another one) thanks to that one, most important tip. Earlier this summer I decided I would tackle the Charlotte's Web shawl once again - this time with success! The shawl is supposed to have long fringe all the way 'round and, quite honestly, fringe is not my favorite thing since I always seem to get it caught in car doors or something equally silly. I decided I wanted to add a slightly ruffled edge instead. Once again I turned to the pages of Ravely for help. 'Pamelatoo' came to my aid with perfect, succinct instruction about how to add a ruffled edge.