Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite shawl! It’s the Chiral Shawl, designed by Leila Raven, knit in my very own Organic Merino Worsted wool. The color is called Hedge Mistress and though I formulated the dye recipe with springtime in mind, I love how perfectly it transitions to a fall color as well.
After retiring my old blog because of creative burnout I promised myself I’d embrace the slow in Slow Fashion when creating and sharing projects this time around. This shawl is certainly proof of me staying true to my word.
I actually started knitting this shawl back in October 2020, I finished knitting it in June, and now I’m finally photographing and sharing it here in November.
Leila’s patterns are so well-written and such an utter joy to knit! Chiral is deceptively simple and yet never boring. There’s no reason why it took me so long to finish other than I wasn’t in any hurry, so why rush?
Shawl Pattern: Chiral by Leila Raven
Yarn: Organic Merino Worsted in Hedge Mistress
Leggings and Tunic: Secondhand via ThredUP
Boots: Timberland (many, many seasons old!)
Wig: Danica by CysterWigs in Moonlit Orchid
Each little stitch of this shawl was an understated magical spell of self-care for me. I worked slowly and enjoyed the process. I made a few mistakes along the way. Sometimes I ripped back and fixed them, sometimes I didn’t — Doesn’t bother me one bit!
I’m tough on my handknits because when I take the time to knit something, I live in it. I’ve been wearing my Chiral constantly in the months since I finished it. That’s why the wool is proudly sporting a soft fluffy halo (as any well-loved woolen garment should), which you can see when you enlarge the pictures.
Now that I’ve finished this project I think my next project will be a hat. Well, another hat. I actually just finished a hat recently that I’m going to write about next time, but do you have any other hat patterns on your radar I should check out?