Wednesday, March 19, 2014


My post title is meant to connote both the stylishness of this shawl (va-va-voom) and the speediness with which it was completed (vroom!). At least, I think it’s stylish. There’s no arguing that it was speedy – I knit it in 15 days.


You may recall that I “needed” a colorful, spring shawl to go with a wedding guest dress. The pattern is Stephen West’s Gyllis and the yarn is Shibui Staccato (70% merino, 30% silk) in color Apple. I just love this!IMG_2774

It was just big enough to keep my shoulders warm when a cool breeze blew in during the ceremony, and easy to toss off when it was time to dance.IMG_2775

Here’s a picture from the front. I look kind of short here, but I think it’s because my tall friend Steven took the photo! (or, maybe it’s because I’m kinda short?) That’s our knitter librarian friend Steven in the blow tie and his fabulous husband Jeff. If you don’t follow Steven’s blog, Knitting Sweaters & Sitting Still, you should! IMG_2789

The wedding was lovely… the best one I’ve ever attended! It was both rustic and formal, just as advertised. One of the cakes looked like a cowboy boot (this is rice krispie treat on the inside):IMG_2804

We had a fantastic time in Austin. We managed to squeeze in a round of mini golf, an authentic Tex Mex meal, a visit to the Texas History Museum, a visit to the State Capitol building, a visit to Steven’s knitting group, a meal at our old stomping ground Schlotzsky’s, a tiny bit of couch shopping, a visit to the LBJ Wildflower Center, and a bunch of dog walks. Oh, and the wedding. Did I miss anything? It was a whirlwind trip that managed also to be relaxing.

Now I’m back to knitting that gray Custom Fit sweater. I PROMISE!


  1. The shawl is GORGEOUS and goes so well with the dress (which is also quite spiffy)! I've been waiting for this post with baited breath because I fell in love with that Shibui yarn when Steven bought it while I was in Texas and I'm making a sock yarn version of the Gyllis for my friend/daughter Stephie.

  2. Your shawl (and you) are stunning! I never would have thought of using that bright green, but it's really the perfect color and the perfect pattern. Simply gorgeous!

  3. That shawl is just so perfect. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have your family come and visit. I think the dogs might actually miss the boys! It really was the best wedding ever.