The thought was that you need a little shawl/wrap in Italy to go inside certain churches. So I thought, why not try my hand at knitting one? Having never knit a shawl, I picked an easy pattern off of Ravelry and began with some nice 5 ply merino I had already.
I gave it a go and knit away on the way down to the ocean, and while at the ocean.
I am holding it down in the back so you can see the pattern. A very simple and free pattern called Azzu's Shawl.
Here it is "blocking" at home, damp on a beach towel pinned to some foam mats. This process will hopefully help it lay nice and flat. It would be nice if it gains some width and length in the process.
Post-blocking it did flatten out and uncurl itself, as shown below:
I shall model it more later, and today's Seattle heat will be a good test to see if I could stand to wear it in Italy's heat.