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Oakberry Graduation Shawl

Pattern is a colourwork version of the Oakberry shawl by Carol Sunday.  Only one of two patterns I've bought on Ravelry from how unique and beautiful it was.  The moment I saw it, I realized I wanted to wear it with my graduation dress come December.  I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and have been conducting microbial ecology research for two and a half years now, so it seemed a perfect pattern to symbolize my whole undergraduate career.  The shawl has nature, and the oak tree is crawling with microbial symbionts and parasites, and is part of a complex ecology in which it plays a key role.  It is also a robust, noble tree that is often used for ancient and current symbols, and the delicate lace border fits in with these finer points.  I will take a photo wearing it when I wear a suitable outfit.

Main body is 100% wool from O-Wool (Legacy DK, discontinued just last week!), merino but spun so it is very sturdy without being rough, but not at all your typical merino.  Acorns are mostly wool and silk, with the yellow being Juniper Farm Moonshine (40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk) and the pale green being Noro Silk Garden (45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool).  Handwash only as a result, of course.  Took me a total of 6 weeks of on and off work.  Would have likely taken 3 weeks if I had not done colourwork.

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hawkdaughter's avatar
It's beautiful.

I wish I could knit. I tried to learn how to knit before I learned crochet, but I can't use my left hand well enough. I can loom knit, though. (Pretty much everyone can loom knit. XD XD XD)
ToveAnita's avatar
This is gorgeous! :) And perfect for your graduation! :)