she said the ones knitted in lace wt. feel too "fragile" and wanted something "sturdier". what she wants is a shawl knitted with fingering wt. yarn.
so, i had placed an order to knitpicks with their last 40% off book sale, and added a few colorways of their palette yarn. i had sent her the link with the online colorcard. she picked out the color she liked. i veto'd it. shame on me. but the color she chose didn't say "warm and happy weather". i know. shame on me.
for her, i picked rosehip.
the pattern is echo flower shawl and can be found here on ravelry. i knitted on 4mm needles and used under 3 balls of the palette yarn. i knitted 11 repeats of the flower chart, and did 7 stitch nupps. i even added some beads, but they're so tiny they're hardly noticeable.
i'm so bad at keeping secrets that one day i said, "hey, i cast on your b-day shawl". and another day i said, "i'm almost finished with it". and then this morning said, "hey, it's done!". yeah. she knows she's getting it.
it's okay though, because she knows i got her a b-day card too, but i didn't tell her what it says ;)