This is the fourth shawl for the year. And there is a story behind it.
The short version - I have a lovely friend at work who is shortly moving overseas with her family. She asked me to make her a shawl for payment, but I told her I didn't crochet for payment, and decided to make her one as a surprise gift instead. Another friend found out her favourite colours were sage green and lavender. Eek. Not my colours, but I decided on this beautiful lichen-coloured Hyena in Petticoats sock yarn. Sneakily, I showed it to my friend one day, as I was making it. Her reaction to the colour was not positive. But she didn't know it was for her. In the meantime I was loving it - for me.
And let's just say I'll be showing my friend a selection of colours I think she would prefer (like purple, deep red, pumpkin and leaf green) on Monday when I return to work. I think the surprise thing just isn't going to work, and that's OK!
The shawl is a freebie pattern from Lion Brand Yarn called South Bay Shawlette. It took me two weeks to crochet, but in the middle of that I had a big market, lots of sewing and a very busy day job. It's a really fun pattern to crochet, and I love the hidden flowers that leap out from behind the shells. I think I'll be making this one again.