a parisian shawlette

It’s so nice when vacation knitting works out to plan.  I cast this on as I was leaving Vancouver and I should have and would have finished it on my return flight/train home if it were not for a formidable security agent at Charles de Gaulle, who repeated “forbidden” over and over, while I looked completely confused and then horrified that I’d have to sit through a 10.5 hour flight with no knitting.

But all is well!  hah!  I unscrewed my KnitPick needles tips from their cord, left them with her, lost not a stitch, squirmed and sighed heavily through the flight, bought some new KnitPick needles from my sister’s LYS  (I was so excited to see that they carried KnitPicks!!) about a nanosecond after we deplaned, screwed them back on the cord, then carried on.

Other than that, it was such a delight to knit on this throughout Paris.  I brought it along with me on our day’s touring and exploring all the different neighbourhoods, and it was perfect to knit a few rows while sipping our beverages of choice, at a sidewalk cafe, watching the Parisian life go by and spending time with my girls.

It was also a good time to secretly devise a plan to convince my husband that he would want to move to Paris with me.  I think I got him on a return visit with moi; maybe the permanent move will require more planning.

The pattern is the Holden Shawlette and the yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball.  How’s that for a mouthful?  It’s crazy that it was perfect for the pattern, crazy that I didn’t change a single thing about the pattern (rare for me), crazy that I had just about a meter of yarn left over, and crazy that it’s cold enough back home that I could wear a wool shawl in May.  Crazy!

My Ravelry link.

8 thoughts on “a parisian shawlette

  1. Melissa

    I’ll bet madam securite is enjoying our knitting needles right now. pah!
    The shawl is gorgeous and of course I will be copying you 😀

  2. Rosemary

    I’ve been trying to decide if I should puchase a KnitPicks needle set and your post has convinced me to do so… happy you could replace your needles! Glad you had a wonderful trip! Looks like our weather should be getting better!

    1. kate Post author

      I love my KnitPick needles…they’re sharper than most, so really nice for lace and sock knitting. And yay to sunny weather!

  3. Rachel

    It’s beautiful…and I love that you wove all the memories of the Paris trip into your shawl!

    Despite being told repeatedly that it’s okay to bring needles on a plane, I rarely do for fear that I will meet a security person with a stick up the bum who will insist on taking them away from me. Glad you were able to leave them on the cord and not lose your stitches!

    1. kate Post author

      Thanks! I probably knew this day was coming, but just wish it didn’t happen for such a long flight! Maybe next time fat wood needles would be better (and cheap ones too!)

  4. Mr. Puffy

    That is CRAZY!!! And I must be crazy too because I think I’m going to copy you with my skein of Zauberall 😉 I was going to make socks but now think it’s more suited to a shawl – just like yours!


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