Shawlette—a small shawl. I hadn’t heard the term until Nancy Polster, Kenyon Tennis parent mom and expert knitter enlightened me. I was searching for a quick project for my sister’s birthday. I found this pattern, called Storm Cloud Shawlette and Nancy suggested a hand-dyed merino ribbon yarn- it’s 80% super fine merino wool and 20% nylon. I bought two skeins, saving one for the hitchhiker scarf – an internet knitting sensation created by German designer Martina Behm.
The pattern apparently went “viral,” a concept that fascinates me. I suggested to Nancy that we design a pattern with a cool name, that can be done in all weights of yarn on all needle sizes, that would become a must-have knitting project. The hitchhiker sells for under $4 – downloaded from the site.