This shawl has been a long time in the making. I started it when I saw this photo by Marian van Kooten-Stok. I absolutely love the colors! It's so bright and cheery and wonderful. And I needed something to do with all the leftover yarn from my Enchanted Castle Baby Blanket. My shawl turned out a bit smaller (I think) than the original, probably because the yarn I used is fairly thin. I feel that German worsted weight is actually much closer to DK or sport. I also ran out of the darker pink so I wasn't able to add a ruffle border, but I really like it without. It works very well as a neck scarf with all the drama and volume I crave in my winter wear (and in my wardrobe in general, ha!).
You may notice I have a passenger on my back in these pictures...sometimes the baby wants to be part of what I'm doing and we just have to make it work! Babywearing is the solution to so many of my frustrations and I think we made it work quite well!
I am so into Dutch crocheting right now. I've even seen some epic Polish and Norwegian designs that I love. Come to think of it, I've got a whacky German crochet project as well! It could just be a European thing. I think I'll be putting together an inspiration board to suss out just what it is that gets me so excited about these designs. I think it's the colors and the whimsical everyday-ness...it's been just the push I needed to bust out my colorful yarn and let loose a bit with my hooks.