It’s been nice to finish up projects and be responsible. I never used to finish anything, and I now realize, a lot of that stemmed from the yarn I was using not being very inspirational. Frequently, I hoard yarns that are too delicious for words thinking no design is good enough for them. Beautiful yarn is made to be knitted, is it not?
I wanted an ornate shawl to showcase my latest idea, a shawl construction so basic that I’m shocked to have not come across it anywhere before. A shawl that is meant to showcase a new way of doing things needs to be interesting to look at as well as clever, n’est pas? So I designed a little motif for the center:
The yarn is Mountain Meadows Lilura, and I think this is the perfect yarn for this shawl. Lilura is a Basque name (it means “enchantment” and is a fitting name for the 50% alpaca, 50% merino blend in a shade of softest fawn), so I think the shawl should have a Basque name as well. Some of the ones I am considering:
Ederne: “beautiful” – the shawl would indeed be that, but I almost think it’s too much like “eden,” and isn’t descriptive enough.
Irati: “fern field” – parts of the motif look like ferns, though this is only the first of several stitch patterns
Nahia: “desire” – ultra-creamy alpaca and merino knitted to form an intricate lace shawl; I think this name speaks for itself.
Usoa: “dove” – the Lilura yarn is sort of dove-colored, and I like the connotation of comfort from doves cooing, as well as their long-standing symbolism of peace.
Would be curious to see what names others like best; feel free to “vote” in the comments! :)