During my last bender, I finished Birch in "blushes" KSH, knit for a friend in need of a big hug. Here's the gratuitous cheesecake shot:
Now I want to draw your attention to the size of the above shawl as opposed to the size of my first Birch (in "majestic"):
Um. It might be a little bigger. Perhaps even a good foot or more. Gauge problem, ya think? Yikes! The blushes shawl took four balls, the majestic, only three. It's just as well. My friend is almost six feet. Perhaps it was my subconscious talking.
I blocked her shawl the night before I was to have lunch with her, left it to dry over night, and then took the pins and blocking wires out the next morning. I was going to give it to her unwrapped, but then I remembered a cool little article (perhaps it was in Knitty?), talking about how one should always wrap hand made gifts nicely so that people would appreciate them more. So I went foraging and found a nice bag. But no tissue paper. What to do what to do what to do?????? And then...inspiration! A sheet of gold paper lying about after mocking up a project:
Oooooh! Festive! as one of my local knitting buddies would say. *g* And here we have it:
And the funny thing is, when she saw the package, she gasped and said "you finished it!" She was all teary. She didn't care about the wrapping at all. She just loved the shawl. :)