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Last weekend I was wearing a crocheted shawl which according to my Ravelry Project Page, I finished making in 2000. It's called the Short Shawled Vest and was designed by Kate Coburn.



If you have been around the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) since the early days, you will remember Kate for her wonderful and creative bead crochet. She mentored me in bead crochet and today it is still one of my favorite ways to crochet!

Unfortunately, Kate has gone the way of some other crocheters from so long ago and entered the vast world of multi-crafting! Like others whose talents are many, I can only surmise that her interests led her elsewhere and that's why we don't see her today at CGOA meetings.

While I wore the vest all day Saturday, it attracted much attention. I was even accosted in the restroom by a woman who told me her friend was in her hotel croom crocheting at that very moment and she would love to have a picture of my vest to show her. I obliged!

Shawl over the dress I was wearing 

The many compliments on what I was wearing got me to thinking about design and about classic designs. Kate's pattern was a very early self-published design and it has since been tweaked, copied and had variations published by many.  I followed her pattern and I used 100% silk yarn and DMC perle cotton #3 for the colorful flowers along the bottom edge. The complex edging of flowers makes this shawl of chains all the more interesting.!

The shaped and the  flowers
So, it goes to show you that if a design is good, it becomes a classic. It doesn't have to roll with the fashion trends, but always stays in fashion! I also learned that my photography has improved since 2000 also!


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