I finally finished knitting and blocking my Forest Canopy Shawl. This shawl was so emotional for me to finish. And there's a story that goes with it. My grammie's birthday was in September and her birth stone was Sapphire. She LOVED sapphire jewelry and had a nice collection. When I came across this Kraemer Sterling Silk & Silver Yarn in Majestic Colorway, I thought of her immediately. So I bought the yarn and LOTS of it, not knowing what I'd do with it. Then I saw the Forest Canopy Shawl and thought it would be a perfect little shawl for her and cast it on.
As I was knitting it (only knitting it at knit group, once a week), my gram became ill with cancer. I ended up putting down the shawl and crocheting her a beret as she was going through chemo. Unfortunately, my gram died before I could finish the shawl. So I put it away. I couldn't bear to pick it up. It sat in my sewing desk for 1 1/2 yrs. Yesterday, I picked it back up and realized that I only had the border left on it. So I finished it today and blocked it. And then I sobbed. I cried and cried when it was done. I had finally finished the shawl that I had wanted to gift to my grammie. -The shawl I had shown her while in progress and she'd loved! It hurt so much to have completed it knowing I couldn't give it to her. But I think it was also cathartic and good that I finished it.
I will wear this shawl in honor of my grandma and think of her everytime I wear it. I know she would've worn it with such style and class (something I can't pull off) and that she would've LOVED it. So I will wear this shawl and remember her smiling face as I showed it to her. I'll remember her loving, giving spirit and the amazing years I got to spend with her.