Several months ago, on the eve of my wedding, I received a beautiful sample skein of Fibrelya's bamboo/merino mix sock yarn, Bamba, when I ordered their self-striping sock yarn for the shop. I took one look at the gorgeous purple-and-grey colorway called Callicarpa, with its subtle blue speckles, and was in love. It certainly produced the desired effect, because not only did I order it for the shop, but I also immediately cast-on my wedding shawl from it. And by "immediately," I mean as fast as I could wind it, find a pattern, and get that yarn on my crochet hook.
I've been crocheting even longer than I've been knitting: probably almost 30 years now. Recently, I'd been missing the quick work-up and lovely lace effects that crochet produces. After admiring crocheted shawl designer Rachy Newin's lovely work on Instagram, I knew I had to make one of her shawls. I chose her Whistler Shawl, and off I went.
The Bamba worked up like a dream! But being me, and The Loosest Crocheter/Knitter on Earth, I soon ran out of yarn. I also happen to like my shawls big. Like, Really Big. So I grabbed two skeins of Onion Nettle Sock in a pretty light grey, and added a few more rows before ending with some shimmery clear seed beads I had tucked away in my craft drawer. Blocked out, the shawl was literally perfect.
I couldn't be happier with my shawl, my wedding, or my new life! Though we had issues with some of the official photos of us as a couple, these photos of me in my shawl came out beautifully! Guess the shawl and I were meant to be...
The Whistler Shawl pattern is perfect for a one-skein project, for those of you who happen to not be The Loosest Crocheter on Earth, but if you'd like it extra big, I used a skein and a half of Onion, and about 200 seed beads which I hand-strung on the second skein and added to the final row. Highly recommended!