It is amazing how you can spot a knitter a mile away. And I have certainly embarrassed my family several times by moving near someone wearing a hand knit and striking up a conversation.
Recently, my husband, son and I were at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for Ben’s registration and orientation program. After one of the presentations, I approached a speaker with a quick question. Then, the ‘knitdar’ went off. I glanced to the next speaker and saw a nifty shawl around her neck and casually sauntered over. ‘Excuse me, did you knit that?’ just rolled off my tongue. With her smile, I knew we were knitting friends forever.
It turns out, the pattern was Ravelry favorite, Daybreak by Stephen West (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daybreak). Over 2500 people have knitted this nifty small shawl with fingering/sock weight yarn so far. It is perfect for using one variegated or self striping colorway and a complementary solid. I have been eyeing this pattern for quite a while, so I was happy to have a chance to check one out and of course my friend was happy to tell me all about it! She said that she has knitted about five of them and they have all been fun and super easy. It looked like the pattern would be easy to memorize after a few rows, so it could be easily toted along all those times you are sitting around waiting for someone. Immediately, my mind started racing about all the great colors of Cascade Heritage that could be used for this shawl! Heritage has been great for socks, so this could be a fun change of pace for this yarn.
So after about five minutes of talking and gesturing and looking the shawl over, I had to turn around and walk back to Ben and my husband. I got the usual eye roll and then a ‘Did she knit that?’ My family knows me oh too well.