Friday, August 08, 2008

Birth Matters

A few months ago, my very good friend Melissa, a doula, asked me to donate a shawl for a charity auction. I said yes, first because it was Melissa, also because I had the time, but most importantly because the auction supports a wonderful organization: Birth Matters Virginia.

I believe every birth to be a celebration and every mother a goddess no matter how a baby enters the world -- by cesarean or vaginally, with or without drugs, in a hospital or at home. Birth Matters Virginia is working to create a more supportive culture for pre-natal care, birth, and post-partum care.

And now, here is the shawl -- modeled by the beautiful and stunning Kindness Girl. Doesn't she rock pregnancy?

Pattern: Ene's Scarf by Nancy Bush from Scarf Style
Yarn: Knitting Notions Classic Merino Lace in Aubergine
Needles: US 5s

Notes: Although I was quite intimidated at the beginning of this (CO 375 sts - eek!), once I passed the border it was quite enjoyable. Since I've been a lazy knitter this summer (Fran and Katherine can attest to the fact that I didn't knit much even at Knit Night!), I did have to push it into high gear for the past 4 days to get it done on time.

This yarn is fabulous. I bought it at The Fiber Festival in Montpelier and I will buy more this year. It is soft, light and the kettle dyed color is incredible. Here is a link to their website - I was able to load the page last week but seem to be having a bit of trouble today.

Many thanks to Kindness Girl for the modeling!

PS And thank you Fran for the canning information -- I'm going to try to pickle some cukes this weekend!


Anonymous said...

gorgeous shawl on a gorgeous woman!

loverly, ann!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful shawl!!

Liz K. said...

Oh, I'm such a fan of her blog -- Now I get to see her in person! Hi, Patience!

Beautiful shawl, Ann. I've been wanting that one for some time, but I am totally intimidated by it. I might need one of your patented pep talks to get it on my needles

patience said... was even more beautiful in person. I am not a knitter so I don't even know just how hard (skill wise) it was but I was just in it should be an object of worship or something. true art i tell ya!