The Dallas Hand Knitting Guild had a mystery shawl program that ran over several months. Because knitting lace, especially lace with beads, was a totally new thing for me I opted to knit the doll size rather than a shawl for me. The pattern, Sheryl’s Request, was written by The Knitting Fairy and was a delight to knit. I’m thrilled that I thought ahead enough to buy enough yarn and beads to also knit one for me.
(Do you see on the left side of the photo above that my cat was keeping an eye on this photo shoot?)
There’s something about American Girl dolls and I was shocked to hear that they retired Samantha. I wanted to get one for my mom, so I started stalking Craigslist and eBay. I was thrilled to find what I wanted.
The dress that Samantha is wearing was purchased at an Etsy shop (if you haven’t visited Etsy, you must! So many fabulous handmade items) called Susiestitchit’s Sewing Shop. I highly recommend this seller – quality sewing and fast delivery.
I am so happy with this shawl and am happy that I no longer fear knitting lace or knitting with beads. I also got a little pep talk at the guild meeting from a friend and she convinced me to knit lace using a chart – and I haven’t looked back.