Sunday, December 23, 2007

My talented daughter ( in law)

This is the Christmas gift made for me by Vanessa. She made almost all of her Christmas presents this year, and this scarf is (I think) her best work. The pattern is called "Leaf and Acorn", and if you look just under the scalloped edge, you can see the leafs and acorns alternating in the fine-knit lace. Breathtaking!

It is mohair, and soft and light beyond belief. It feels as light as a cobweb, and the lace-work is just as fine. The scarf took just one ball of wool, which means it weighs in at just 40 grams!

I copied her gift card that she included with the scarf, as it gives some details, and a description of the origin of the pattern.

I love this scarf! I love that Vanessa took the time to make something of heirloom quality for me. She said that Mohair is tricky to work with, and as she was knitting it she discovered she was allergic to the wool and her legs broke out in hives. (She knit it in the summer and was wearing shorts at the time).
Did she abandon the project? No! She continued, working at a snails pace with the difficult work, completed it, and then made another for her Great Aunt.

Now I just need a Grand daughter to pass it down to in due time. Vanessa is expecting, so I may have one on the way. If not, maybe the next one? (No pressure Ness!)


Kathleen said...

Wow! That is amazing!

Vanessa said...

thank you for the glowing review. I'm glad you like it and I'll do my best to give you a granddaughter to pass it on to. (I'm feeling it's a girl, so you may be in luck!)

Creative Eccentric One said...

Wow! What a beautiful gift. No one seems to do this kind of work anymore, so it makes it all the more precious. Handmade gifts really are the best, eh? (Fantastic work, Vanessa!!)

P.S. I love your new banner Arlene.

Karyn/Mom said...

Now, this is EXACTLY what I'm talking about in my newest posting on my blog! Sacrifice (of any type) is what makes for a true gift. The best part of this gift? It says "I love you" loud and clear.

The fact that it is absolutely gorgeous work is icing on the cake! Good work, Vanessa!