Melissa (skadiknitter on Ravelry) was visiting me in Reykjavik in January (she has been on two of my knitting tours as well!) and mentioned how popular the Vikings® Season 4 on The History Channel ® TV series was in the United States and that it would be a great way to showcase my Gilitrutt yarn in Viking Rust! We looked through my patterns and decided that the Icelandic Shawl from the Cathare People would be a perfect choice for the Knit A Long and could be worn by men and women alike.
Melissa returned the the US and started on her own Viking Shawl. The rest of this story is what happened after she cast on for knitting the project!
“With the shawl finished and blocked (Floki,my Pomeranian, helped) I was off to Los Angeles to photograph it on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. I carefully placed my shawl on the rocks and waited for the perfect moment to snap the shot. The first shot was fine, but I wanted to re -position the shawl a bit to catch more of the surf coming it. Surf I wanted, surf I got! With my back to the waves, I didn’t see the tide coming in and was hit with a large wave, drenching both the shawl and me, but I was able to grab my shawl and try again.
And then a second much larger wave hit, and my Viking shawl was launched out to sea on a voyage of its own. Going, going, gone.
So if this Viking shawl washes up on your shores, please let Hélène know; I would love it know how far it traveled! I think my next Viking shawl will be red and white for when it sets sail on its own voyage!”