I've thought about writing a QuiltCon post for the last month. I think it's safe to say that ship has sailed. Would you even want to read one at this point? I took pictures, and I have a ton to talk about, but I've sure you've read at least 200 other posts about how wonderful QuiltCon was, and how the blogger is so inspired, and nothing will ever compare to the time had at QuiltCon.
They're all right. It was wonderful, I came home ridiculously and utterly inspired, and nothing will ever compare to the classes I took and the people I met at QuiltCon. Though, I do plan on going to QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, so I'm sure I'll say the same things then.
This shawl, however, relates to QuiltCon. I started it in the airport waiting for my departing flight and worked on it throughout my time in Austin, grabbing it while we recouped in the hotel room and dragging it with me to the hotel lobby. Elizabeth and I would join all the other quilters in the lobby each night and knit while we gossiped about instructors and classes and which quilting celebrities we met each day. This shawl heard a lot about what we thought of the non-modern slant of the marketplace and listened diligently while we discussed some people who weren't very nice to the QuiltCon visitors. This shawl is a bit of a gossip.
I loved working on this shawl. I have a deep relationship with mint and gray--a good 75% of my wardrobe and accessories revolve around these colors--and this shawl turned out perfect. The pattern is so fulfilling, and the stripes help you break things up into chunks. The lace is a bit cumbersome, what with the pattern on both right and wrong sides, but it isn't difficult and once you get into the rhythm of it, it's very simple.
I see myself wearing this shawl a lot, despite temperatures now being in the 70s. That won't stop me. And how great would this pattern look in navy and gold, or maroon and gold? I'm tempted to cast on another right away...if I didn't have other shawls on the needles already.