Yarn: 2 x 100g skeins of hand-dyed boucle mohair from Australian independent producer Colored Jules (one skein per shawl)
Pattern: Simple garter stitch triangular shawl pattern printed on the back of the card which came with the wool.
Needles: How cross-making. I had to buy 15mm needles to make these shawls. El cheapo Pony needles from Big W, but in a very nice symmetery I bought them on the last day of 2006 with the remaining 2005 Christmas gift voucher from the twins' parents .
- Knitting with large needles is awful.
- Garter stitch can be meditative. It can also be dull.
- Knitting the same but different is still the same when you aren't having fun.
- Non-knitters think you're really clever knitting "lace" in striking yarn.
- Mothers never forget and knitting mothers are not as easily fooled as muggles. Mum reminded me that at age 10 or 11, a very simple triangular shawl knitted on "rocket" needles from cream loopy mohair (so 1976) was the very first project I ever completed. She began this reminder with the comment "Are you learning to knit again?"
- With a bit of luck, this will be the last Barbie SpewTM colourway the girls will want now they are almost teenagers.