Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit,
and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.

[Elizabeth Zimmermann]

Kim Kulasa, member of the Dayton Knitting Guild, emailed a photo (upper left) to me of the shawl she’d finished using a pattern I designed. She showed the shawl at the guild meeting and inspired Mary Habeeb to knit one. Mary is proprietor of A Good Yarn in Greenwood, Indiana and produces dyed yarn, fibers, handspun and knitted items.

The original Mouse Tracks Shawl is shown below as I blocked it. It features Russian-style lace at the neck and lower edges, a neck scarf closure, and shaping. The neck edge curves gently to lie flat. The depth widens so that the shawl extends down the back to the waist. I plan to sell this pattern online as soon as I finish another shawl using red alpaca. It will photograph with more definition than this black one. The black yarn was handspun by my daughter Ellen, Shepherd’s Moon.

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