After making my Seaglass Shawl earlier in the year, it was seen by someone near and dear to me and they requested one of their own. I made out that it takes a long time to make and that I might not be able to finish one in time for Christmas, but said that I could see what I could do. They don't take that long to make, but equally, they aren't that quick either. Or perhaps I just work slowly!
I have finished it though, in a little longer time than I planned, but still in time for Christmas. Ta Dah! Seaglass number two!
This is slightly smaller than the one that I made for myself. It is made to the correct pattern size. There are supposed to be little beads around the edge, but I had terrible trouble matching the yarn colour and beads. I have literally searched around the world and found none! The recipient will be a little disappointed, but better a shawl with no beads than no shawl I hope.
The pattern really blocks out so beautifully. I was much more relaxed with the blocking this time. I just wet the shawl, wrung it out and started spreading and pinning. No messing around, crawling on the floor for hours. I just pinned and was done! Amazing what a second time around can do for you isn't it.
I only hope that the recipient likes the colour. I like it, and hope they will too. It is more the colour of the photo below than the other pictures which have come out a bit "rich" in the tone of the colour.
I thought that I would show you how I have packaged this. I used a small organza bag that came from Wool Warehouse with a yarn order in it. I cut the ribbon ties, tied the end of one of them to some pretty ribbon and pulled my ribbon through the channel that had already been sewn in the bag. My ribbon is quite sturdy so I only used one piece.
Then I tied a gift tag to the ribbon. I taped the washing instructions from the yarn band on to the tag and wrote a few other words as you can see. It is smaller in real life, so doesn't look so shabby as it does in this picture!
Voila! One finished shawl and a nicely packaged gift and a bag reused for something else! What could be better than that.
I hope that it will be enjoyed. I certainly enjoyed making it and know already that I will be making another next year for someone else!
Sorry for the two posts in one day. I am running out of time to get these things shared before Christmas. This is my last Ta Dah! for this year on the crafting front, but I have the house Christmas decorations to share and my final monthly mantel post, Christmas cake... Well, you get the idea!