A few months ago I was in need of a project. A selfish one. One just for me to knit and enjoy and not think. This year was a tough one for us with our daughter's health. A year of traveling, waiting in hospital rooms, through endless doctor visits and nights spent in the ICU.
I needed something simple. Something big. Something in Garter Stitch!
The Ashburn Shawl fit the bill and was the perfect distraction for me during this time. Ashburn is a loooong wrap made up of endless rows of garter stitch broken up with a little slipped stitch pattern every so often. The slipped stitch rows slowly blend the 3 colors into one another so it isn't as harsh of a line between the color blocks.
For my Ashburn, I used 3 skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn that I have been hoarding for many years waiting for the perfect project. The dark teal yarn is from Hazel Knits, the orange from Three Fates Yarn, the middle variegated is a mystery skein as I lost the ball band. :) Oops.
My finished shawl is long and dramatic and will be a great warm wrap this coming Fall and Winter. But I appreciate it most because it helped me through a difficult time. It was my constant companion and comfort.
Thank you Ashburn.
By the way.. my daughter is doing very well now and is home recovering from a successful open heart surgery. I am so relieved.