No amount of begging will make that girl hand them over, so I've decided that I might as well start knittin'. I've decided to start with Mara.
Mara's simple but beautiful. Garter stitch, a couple yarn overs, the cutest little ribbed border and you've got yourself one of the cutest shawls this side of creation. I'm using a Patons heathered yarn. I love heathered yarn like a fat kid loves cake.
Since I carry a gene that makes me susceptible to looking like an old lady when wearing shawls, I must make sure to drape them fashionably. I tried
I think the true test would be for me to drape the shawl and stand at a busy intersection in a neighborhood where there's a large population of boy scouts. If 15 little boys rush to my aid and try to help me to cross the street, I'll know I need to re-drape. On the other hand, if their daddies approach me with generous offers of making me a "kept woman", I'll know I'm looking rather chic.
I'm almost done with Mara. All I need to do is complete the ruffled, ribbed edging. I didn't make the shawl as wide as the pattern suggests because I didn't want it that wide.