Based on a True Sweater

Dec. 17, 2007

A Shawl for Sivia

A Shawl for Sivia

I crocheted this shawl for my friend Sivia using Kid Silk Haze and Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, with big fat red glass beads. I'm very happy with how it turned out. The pattern is one of my favourites; it's by Doris Chan, from the 2004 issue of Interweave Crochet. I've made it a few times in different yarns, and it always looks wonderful.

If you are a knitter you may be familiar with Sivia's work, and it will seem redundant to you that I decided to make her a beaded shawl. But I happen to know that she doesn't really crochet, so I figured that in that way, I could make her something she wouldn't have made for herself.

Besides, I really enjoy receiving things people have made for me which give me a glimpse into how they see me and what they think of me, and I thought this would be that sort of gift.

And... who appreciates a knitted or crocheted gift more than a knitter or crocheter? They know what's gone into it! Sivia seemed very surprised and happy, she said no one ever knits her things.

Or am I wrong? If you are a knitter or crocheter, do you think "Oh, I could have just made that for myself" if the gift is not terribly complex or time-consuming? I'd like to know... especially if you are a friend of mine... :)