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A Work of Love

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Watching the face of someone you deeply care about break out into a smile (and perhaps tears of joy) when gifted a handknit item is an extremely fulfilling feeling.

As knitters, we are often the buttend of jokes about how knitting is “for old ladies”, “it has no place in the modern world” and “Can’t you just buy that at the store for $2?”. So having someone appreciate our work is much appreciated indeed.

Every knitted item you have made is a work of love. It takes time, effort and money to create something by hand. So when someone doesn’t understand or grasp the value of our work, it’s easy to feel hurt by their reaction.

However, Hanna Lisa, who wrote the article “Why I love knitting for others more than I love knitting for myself”, wisely writes, “Even if their reaction is not quite what you expected, do not be sad. It is time to let go. You got what you needed, and now it is out of your hands. Every single stitch, every little detail you poured your heart into is a tiny bit of magic and love sent out into the world, which, if you ask me, is sorely needed these days.”

So even if someone isn’t knit-worthy, don’t despair. Keep creating. Keep giving. There is a soul who is in need of your work of love.

Yarns Used: Six and Seven Fiber Soybean (DK; 100% Merino; 245 yards /100 grams). Two skeins in Rowan.
Needle: US8 (5mm) circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended, in order to accommodate the large number of stitches, as the shawl grows.
Yardage: 490 yards (448 meters).
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in Lace Stitch pattern after blocking. Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.
Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch marker.
Final Measurements: A: 64 inches (162 cm); B: 32 inches (81 cm).

This pattern has been tech edited for clarity and corrections.
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