Good Intentions

After more than two years, I finally have this shawl off of the needles.

It doesn’t look like much, but there’s 9 central yarns in this shawl-one for each of the levels in Dante’s vision of the Inferno. Each of those yarns are mine, either hand-spun, hand-dyed, or both. The edging is a commercial yarn but it’s the only commercial yarn in that project.

It’s such a chaotic mess, and I love it because it reminds me so much of Bosch’s paintings. It’s not quite the visual impact of Doyle, and it’s definitely smaller but it also hasn’t been washed or blocked yet either so what size it ends up being will ultimately depend on blocking.

It feels so weird to have such a peaceful end to this project. It just sort of…stopped. I cast off last night while reading a library book and sat looking at it. After two years of work, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it seemed sort of…anti-climatic.

The pattern is a variation off of Stephen West’s Boneyard. I like the look of a Boneyard but I didn’t follow that pattern, I guess I went for the same look, but I used the same basic shawl shape I always do for my freeform shawls.

I have an idea for another shawl for a gift but I think my next major project will be digging out and finishing that sweater I started last year.

The Guide and I into that hidden road
  Now entered, to return to the bright world;
  And without care of having any rest

We mounted up, he first and I the second,
  Till I beheld through a round aperture
  Some of the beauteous things that Heaven doth bear;

Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.
-Dante, The Inferno

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