The South will rise again! Or did rise, actually. I hope. Remember the Civil War era shawl I was knitting for a friend back in the fall of 2011? I don't think I ever showed pictures of it because it was an epic failure. The Civil War era knitting terminology was slightly different from todays wording and I had no idea what I was actually supposed to be creating. I only had the black & white picture taken from a Civil War era magazine or newspaper to go buy. I thought it was supposed to cover your upper back & the front pieces crossed the chest & tucked into the woman's apron. Shows how much I know about historical fashion. It was supposed to cross the chest & wrap around to the back and tie. Not to mention as written, the large would barely fit a Barbie doll much less someone of today's stature. Anyway, the whole thing was a disaster and I've been feeling bad about it ever since.
I recently came across another pattern which was written slightly better, or at least in more understandable terms, and knowing a little bit more about what the final project was supposed to look like, I decided to try again. This time, it worked. I think.
Ok, so it's not knit with the requested colors, but from what I've seen, brown & pink was a fairly common color combination back then. This one also had a bit of pattern in the knitting which made it much more enjoyable than the first attempt's simple garter stitch.
See how this one reaches around & ties in back? Yay! Although I'd think a button would be more comfortable.
I shipped this baby off to my friend late last week & she should be receiving it today or tomorrow. Can't wait to hear if it looks anything like what it's supposed to. I almost hope it doesn't because it was sort of fun to knit. I wouldn't mind trying this one again.