Chestnut & Sherry – Emily Dickinson

Although I bound this shawl off on August first we’ve just this morning taken a few photos for show and tell.
Pattern: Emily Dickinson Shawl by Keiran Foley
Yarn: Lost City Silk in colorway Portland
Beads: Copper-lined clear size 6 from Bead Merchant in Tulsa, OK

In one of her letters to Thomas Higginson, Emily Dickinson wrote “I…am small, like the wren, and my hair is bold, like the chestnut burr; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves.

Emily Dickinson - half

I’m thrilled with how this shawl turned out. No it’s not a fancy stitch, just 90% garter stitch. Concentration level required – next to none. But the drape of the silk and the glitz of the beads make this simple to knit shawl a real beauty. It is elegant. The designer told me that my choice for yarn made it a authentically Victorian shawl.

Emily Dickinson - closeup

I know I’ll be wearing this shawl a great deal. The reasons are many. It’s a chestnut brown, and I love a good brown. It’s a simple shawl, not showy but quite lovely nonetheless. The copper-lined beads were a perfect match and catch the light without being overly dramatic. It’s silk. Nuff said.

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Emily Dickinson 002

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This shawl garnered a lot of attention while we were in Indiana earlier in the month. I wore it with a nice cream linen skirt that has brown flowers and I felt fabulous. The silk drape with beads made the shawl rest easily on my shoulders without slipping or the need of a shawl pin.

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Comments from other knitters range from loving the process of knitting this shawl to finding it boring. I’ve got to say, I never found it boring. Sure it’s garter stitch but there is a time and place for miles and miles of garter stitch that doesn’t require constant attention. Apparently – one time and place is summer in Oklahoma. Avar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

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