|Elizabeth Zimmerman's 100th Anniversary PI Shawl done in Isager Alpaca 1|
This beautiful shawl was designed by Mwaa Knit Obsession as a tribute to Elizabeth Zimmerman. It is based on EZ's camping trips which she describes in the Knitter's Almanac. The first book I bought on knitting was Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears in the 1970's. I still have it and although I knit without tears, I can not help to laugh to tears whenever I read it.
My lovely daughter-in-law doesn't know I was knitting this for her. I picked it because of the symbolic nature of the patterns included in this shawl. The designer picked a paw print pattern to represent EZ's cat, Kline and all furry animals. I thought it could also symbolize that my daughter-in-law was born in the year of the rabbit The slanting twigs represents walking in the woods with the dappling sunlight. For me it symbolizes the trails my daughter-in-law hiked with our son (especially the Lost Coast trail) and the life they are building together. The willow leaves represents family growing strong. The waves and droplets edge signifies the Pacific Ocean and that she is a water sign. I knitted it with a very fine alpaca from Isager bought at my favorite yarn shop, Mendocino Yarn Shop. This shawl is so light and soft. Well-suited for our moderate climate. I think it came out beautiful just like her.