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Wilhelmina Shawlette

By Nancymccarroll
One of the best digital downloads that I have recently purchased is the book What Would Madam Defarge Knit? (Creations Inspired by Classic Characters).  About 20 patterns (I did not count them) are available in either the hard copy or in digital format, along with live links.  A great value for the money, since all patterns are included for one low price of $16.95.  And the links are fascinating, informative, and just plain fun.
This can be read on the inside page of the WWMDK book:
What Would Madame Defarge Knit? is a new book of crafty patterns—in pre-orders February 7, 2011 from Cooperative Press—written and designed by the good people who bring you CraftLitCast-on, March Hare Yarns, Jen Minnis ArtworksWeaveZine and WeaveCast, Silk Road Socks, Gardiner Yarn Works, and Crochet Compulsive.
It all started back in 2007, while listening to A Tale of Two Cities on CraftLit. Not far into the book, WWMDfK? became a rallying call for t-shirts, knitting, and fun. And now—patterns!
The Wilhelmina Shawlette is the first pattern I'll be knitting from the book.  And the name Wilhelmina? It comes from here:
What would Mina, the heroine of Bram Stoker’s epic novel, Dracula, wear to protect her neck from the bloodthirsty count? Chrissy Gardiner thinks that, as a practical girl, she undoubtedly would appreciate this simple, delicate wool shawlette, featuring Serendipitous Ewe’s Autumn Glow vampire-inspired colorway, one in a series dyed exclusively for SandraSingh.com.
Designer: Chrissy Gardiner, Finished Measurements: 44″ wide and 22″ tall after blocking
Wilhelmina Shawlette
(Close up of the knitted lace pattern in the shawl)
This is the variegated Ella Rae lace merino fiber I purchased from Aimee's Yarn Cafe in Paradise, CA for knitting  the Wilhelmina:
Wilhelmina Shawlette
My neck will definitely be warm when I wear this, even if I don't need to be protected from vampires.
Wilhelmina Shawlette
(Dracula is a book that will be read on the Craftlit podcast in the fall.  I can't wait!)

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