Last year Mary announced in the group that she got engaged. I offered to design her wedding shawl and immediately started to nag her about details : length, shape, elements etc..
Mary was very laid-back about the whole thing, and since I thought the wedding would happen in December this year, I let it go for a while.
Back in June she contacted me again to ask if the offer still stood. Then she told me she was getting married at the end of August.
I hadn’t forgotten about the shawl, but in my head I had almost 5 months to deal with it, and now I was informed I had come up with an idea, knit it, write it and send it to her in time for it to be knit. To say I freaked out is an understatement ;P.
I was so desperate that the first shawl I cheated and showed her something I was working on already – not something made with the thought and care she deserves. I wasn’t (and still am not) completely satisfied with that one and it shows.
Mary, being who she is, was kind enough to not refuse it all together, but that shawl wasn’t The One.
Back to the drawing board I went – very afraid there wouldn’t be enough time, and designed, charted and knit another one. That one she liked, and so did I. I wasn’t done yet, though. I created another one because…I’m not sure. I really like the second one, but I think the third one was desperately trying to get out of my head, so I did it.
The third one? It’s Tru Wuv – in more senses than one. I think I started it out of sheer stubbornness (and because Mary refused to be a bridezilla to the end) and because I was curious to see if it would work (most of my patterns start their life for this reason).
I knit it as fast as I could and until I had it all pinned out on the blocking board, I didn’t think it would look good.
Was I wrong. The second I stepped back, after placing the last pin, I took a not-so-good photo of it and wrote Mary, claiming I had The One.
When we started talking about a shawl design, Mary told me she wanted to twirl around like a princess. If you knit Tru Wuv, I hope you do it too.
I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with the designing and publishing process as I have with this shawl. I have no words to describe how wonderful and hard-working my test knitters are. Their work is flawless in every way and they made it so easy for me to have this finally released.
Those women are talented, determined and so patient with my many flaws. I’ll be forever grateful for everything they taught me and the hard work they put into this.
If you click on the link for the pattern you’ll be able to see Mary’s photos (and the love she and her husband share). It was my way to show love to a friend and it was love that kept my testers going. As you see, the name is very apt.