Monday, October 19, 2009


I grafted the hem on the Lace Dream shawl on Saturday evening, and I blocked it this evening. It is prettier than I imagined -- even with my wanting skills and poor blocking.

I knit this shawl for my dear friend, the Principessa Maxine de Rumball-St. George. Maxine spent the greater part of this year very ill, and I was very worried about her and felt very impotent, being far away from her. I knit this shawl as a vehicle for focusing prayers for her health and well being. I wanted something really spectacular for her. As I neared the end of the shawl I received word that the Principessa's health was, finally, making improvements and that she had passed the first, most important milestone on her way to a full recovery.

I don't know if it was seeing the pattern finally revealed and realizing that it was even more than I imagined, or if it was a sense of relief and gratitude for the Principessa Maxine's recovery; whatever the reason, I was moved to tears.

I couldn't wait to show it to you. It may well be the most beautiful thing I've ever made. I still can't believe I could make something so beautiful. Tomorrow morning it will be off the wires and I will take more pictures. I will probably be working a great number of hours between now and Friday -- when we leave for the de Rumball-St. George's -- so I may not get to post more until after the weekend.


Rae said...

i didn't know she had been ill - but glad she is doing better. it is a beautiful piece of work and i'm sure she'll be thrilled... and since you are visiting, please pass on our greetings!

Anonymous said...

That is truly lovely, Aidan. I might have cried, too! Congratulations on such a beautiful present for your dear friend.

Susan said...

Excellent work. Beads or stitches they both work to focus prayer. The result is a physical representation the spiritual. I am glad to hear your friend is improving. She will be touched by your gift.

anne marie in philly said...

OMG, totally unreal - you have knit something so beautiful for a friend and infused it with prayers and good thoughts and healing wishes.

aiden, I heart your efforts; such a special mitzvah! mazel tov!

would like to see a pix with your friend wearing the shawl.

Cheri said...

Your friend is very lucky indeed, to have improving health and you as a part of her life. For me knitting and prayer go hand in hand, when I give a gift of my knitting it is with hours of prayers and good wishes to go along with the item. The shawl is beautiful, and so are you.

Angry Professor said...

Lovely. The color is sublime.