“I get by with a little help from my friends.” - The Beatles
Ain’t this the truth, particularly in 2020? I don’t know about you, but I honestly wouldn’t have been able to successfully make it out of this year without my friends. From cancelled girls trips to rescheduled parties and events, this year has been a major bummer. Knitting helps though, am I right?
One of my annual highlights each fall is going to Rhinebeck, NY for the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. This year it was cancelled due to the global pandemic and I seriously mourned the lost time with my knitting friends. You see, each year for the past 4 years, we’ve had this annual gathering to look forward to. We book an Airbnb in neighboring Woodstock, NY, we plan what knits to wear, what restaurants we want to try and what projects we want to work on in front of the fireplace. It’s a big deal to us since we don’t live near each other and don’t see one another as often as we’d like.
When KnitCrate reached out to me with the idea of designing an accessory around the idea of “Squad Goals,” I was immediately inspired by my knitting besties and our annual trip to Woodstock. Our favorite thing to do each night in our Airbnb is to sit in the living room next to the wood burning fireplace and knit together (with some wine, of course)! I immediately started sketching what is now the Woodstock Shawl — a simple, modern, easy-to-wear piece that you can easily style as you’re running out the door to meet your friends.
As I started the process of designing the shawl, I kept in mind communal knitting gathering such as regular knit nights. I wanted the project to be intuitive, not overly complicated and easy to pick up and put down. This allows the knitter to knit AND be engaged in a social setting. No lace charts or counting required here and yet you end up with an airy and intricately beautiful shawl. The Woodstock Shawl was my homage to these shared knitting experiences. May we get back to knitting together as the norm in 2021!