Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lucy's Gift

I released a new pattern today. It is free and available on Ravelry.  Just follow this link to get yourself a copy of the file.

You can make this small shawl in any yarn you choose.  Here is what I did:
I used one ball of Einband yarn.  The yarn is produced in Iceland, using Icelandic wool, by the Alafoss (Istex) company. Each ball weights 50 grams and is 273 yards.  The sample used just one ball, in a color that matched Lucy’s eyes, but feel free to use more if you want a larger piece.  Lucy was actually as soft as cashmere and had a double coat.  Icelandic sheep also have a double coat, but are not particularly soft.  They are very rugged and can survive the Icelandic winter in style.  We took to calling them BadAss sheep on our recent trip and Lucy shared that same quality.  Small package, big attitude, strong will.  I might knit a second sample in fine, gray cashmere and use a few purple crystals, because she would approve…
-I am working on a second sample in Malabrigo Silky Alpaca and will share photos once I finish.

This piece was inspired by the Hallgrimskirkja church, which I visited recently while traveling in Iceland.  The church has long, clean lines and sits high on a hill in Reykjavik.  It can be seen from off shore for quite a distance.

I dedicate this project to my darling cat, Lucy (affectionately known as LucyFur) who died on March 26th, 2013.  She was my constant companion, lap warmer and blocking assistant and she will be terribly missed.  She was a tiny kitty, weighting in at just over five pounds, but her purrsonality was enormous.  Please consider making a small donation to the Humane Society of New York if you enjoy knitting this project.  You can make the donation in Admiral LucyFur’s memory, and they accept PayPal.  Meow on sweet gray girl…


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Lucy.

    That is a beautiful shawl though--a nice tribute.

  2. I'm so glad I got to meet your beautiful delicate darling cat. I know she is cavorting across the Rainbow bridge with my Cinnamon girl, playing with yarn and purring loudly. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Great !
    Greetings from Poland :)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this:) I clicked on the square from my Ravelry page (44clovers) because it has the word Lucy in it. My niece's name is Lucy and am pretty partical to it. I've always wanted to visit Iceland and I really like this shawl. I think I'll have to make it. I'm very sorry to hear about your kitty. We had to put my 18 year olf girl down this past feb. she also weighed the same. Small but full of attitude. Cat's are just... Wonderful. I'll enjoy following your blog:)