25 March 2011
I am knitting furiously away as I try to get my Japan aid shawl finished, written up, tested and released. And I'm enjoying every moment of it. The yarn is lovely; it's Sunna from Spirit Trail Fiberworks in a gorgeous deep green colorway called Acadia. Jennifer sent me a delectable, sumptuous incredible care package, and this one was included. And when I'm disturbed - and who among us is not disturbed at the news from Japan? - I always reach for green.
It calms and soothes me, and always makes me feel better.
This shawl is named Sakaki, after a
scared sacred (sigh - thanks to the commenter who mentioned my hilarious typo!) tree of the Shinto religion. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't dishonoring the tree by naming a shawl after it, so I asked a dear friend from high school, whose mother is Japanese, if she could set me straight. She asked her mother and the verdict was a good one; the name would have nothing but good connotations used in this way.
So Sakaki, the shawl, became a tribute to the Japanese people and their incredible spirit. The pattern will be sold to benefit the relief effort in Japan (much like Brandywine for Haiti).
It is knit side to side, and features a small branch of Sakaki leaves up the spine.
The edging creates a ruffle.
But best of all....
One of my very very favorite parts of this shawl is that it is completely reversible.
Mr. Romi likes the first side best. And I like this side the best.
But we agree that they are both quite nice.
I am knitting away to finish this one as quickly as I can, but there will also be a plain (no leaves) beaded version. In red. :)
I will share the legend of the Sakaki tree with you soon. Back to knitting knitting knitting!