The past few weeks have been difficult in our household. We have gotten some difficult news about my daughter's health regarding her epilepsy. During times like this I find that I turn to my hobbies for comfort and pour all of my emotion into what I'm doing.
I chose the Prayer Shawl pattern for my next project, with the idea that I would pour all of my love for my daughter and our hope for her future into my crocheting. When I am finished, I will literally be able to wrap me up in hope for the future.
I wanted the shawl to be big enough to wrap myself and my daughter in, and to be in a yarn that feels good to her sensory-wise as well, since she is so sensitive. The pattern called for Bernat Satin yarn. While its a beautiful and soft yarn, I have been dying to work with Bernat Bamboo Natural Blends in Dill, and felt that it would be a good compliment to the ideas I had for my version. It has a soft, silky feel to it, a nice heavy weight, and a beautiful drape. Best of all, in keeping with gauge for the yarn, it would enlarge the shawl pattern without having to change any of the pattern directions.
I also like that this yarn is a good warm weather yarn, which I can wear year round here in Texas. The color is perfect for welcoming in spring.
I am looking forward to seeing where this new project takes me, and finding out how the changes with yarn and gauge will affect the final look of the pattern. Even more, I'm looking forward to proactively putting more hope into our lives through the creation of this prayer shawl.