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Knitting Project – Authenticity Shawl

I commit one of the seven deadly sins every June on one of our knitting cruises.  We have a wonderful guest who comes with delicious knitted shawls and every year I COVET what she’s wearing.  She wraps herself in gorgeous colors and luscious yarn and I want every. single. piece she’s created.

This means I have two choices.  Surreptitiously sneak a shawl here or there into my cabin.  (I mean, she probably wouldn’t miss it, right?)  Or get busy.

So, I did the honorable thing (humph) and got busy.  My first shawl was this one, called Authenticity, by Sylvia McFadden, who, it turns out is one of my favorite designers.  It’s made with Cascade 220 Superwash Yarn in Doeskin Heather, which they have at Halcyon Yarn (our schooner pop-up store partners).  I started using this yarn on a sweater which, turns out, no matter what I did, I reeeally disliked.  The whole thing just looked like a sack on me and even strategizing with Mim, one of our fabulous knitting cruise instructors, did nothing to improve the level of flattery.  I ripped it out and set the yarn aside in the closet for the emotion of intense dislike to drift away.  Time truly does do wonders because when it came time to get busy with making my own delicious shawls, enough time had lapsed, and I came to love this yarn again.

It’s my first, but not my last


  • woolwhiskywater
    November 15, 2018 at 10:57 am

    this is gorgeous, annie! but now, of course, i want to know who’s shawls you covet so i can also stalk them on the trip next year 🙂 counting down the days!


    • athomeatsea
      November 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Caroline! And this is hilarious. You can, as a matter of fact, stalk her any time you wish as she always comes with you and you love her so. 🙂 Right now, I’m working on that shawl of hers that she wore last summer with the Juniper Moon gray. Mine is a light blue and yummy to work with.

      • woolwhiskywater
        November 16, 2018 at 9:19 am

        i had a sneaking suspicion that might be the person! that juniper moon and that shawl are a DREAM – can’t wait to see it & you next year!

        • athomeatsea
          November 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

          Hee, hee. I’m half way through that shawl. It definitely requires concentration, i.e. not one I can do on the boat all that well. Annnnd not when I’m watching the Patriots either!


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