The new Lafitte Shawl is off the needles!
While it will be a short while before the test knitting is complete and the pattern is ready for release I thought a quick photo shoot would be fun.
The inspiration for this pattern came while we were on vacation last fall in New Orleans, LA. We toured the city, listened to music, ate wonderful food, and had a lovely visit with friends. And importantly, I finally got to meet Jessica (Nolaboard on Ravelry) in person!
Our last day was spent walking around Jean Lafitte National Park and Swamp. Though it was Halloween the yellow top flowers were in full bloom at the swamp. There were butterflies, spanish moss, palmetto plants, Louisiana green anoles, and we even spotted a gator in the distance.
Jean Lafitte was a colorful character and is loved in Louisiana for his participation during the Battle of New Orleans in December of 1814. There are tall tales and piracy myths surrounding Lafitte including the possibility of buried gold somewhere in Louisiana. I didn’t search for any while there, but think I came home with my own version of treasure in great memories.
My fiber version of Lafitte is knit in Lost City Silk colorway Rumplstilskin. This shawl includes nupps, cables, and star flowers in the Estonian tradition. It is not for the faint of heart! The finished shawl measures 32 inches at the center spine with a wingspan of 72 inches. A larger version is in the works as is a beaded version. I began with three stitches and counted 389 at the bind off. What a fun knit!