In the first twenty-four hours that the Japanese Garden Shawl was for sale, it sold 254 copies. My proceeds per copy after PayPal takes its processing fee is $4.55 each — that’s a total of almost $1200!
So this morning I did this:
(You can clicky to enlarge.)
Thank-you to everyone who has bought a copy so far, and thank-you to the bloggers, podcasters, and Ravelry members who’ve talked about it here and there and are planning knit-alongs of the pattern. I have noticed that a number of you have bought multiple copies of the patterns to send as gifts to other knitters. You all are awesome.
While I realize that we’re not going to raise $1200 every day, I’d love it if we could raise another $1200 before the end of April. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
While I’m not crossing my fingers, I’m knitting along on my current project, another lace shawl knit from the bottom up. Here’s my progress so far.
This shawl will be somewhat bigger than the Japanese Garden Shawl — the cast on is about 30 stitches more. I have two skeins of Sea Silk, and I have used up one of them so far. This Sea Silk is in 100-gram skeins with approximately 437 yards per skein. I’m estimating that this shawl will take about one-third of the second skein. so maybe close to 600 yards total for the shawl? Well, I’ll find out when I’m done.
I’m calling this design “Vernal Equinox” because it looks spring-like to me. Not just the color, but the all-over lace pattern for the main body of the shawl is sort of flower-like.
I’m using Sea Silk because I wanted a non-wool shawl to keep at the office in the warmer months. But this shawl could certainly be knit from wool too.
Speaking of my office, here’s what I saw when I looked out my window today:
The Republicans were out and about. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.