I am obsessed with this shawl.
I love Hudson Bay blankets. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, they look like this:
And Pendleton Woolen Mills makes a knock-off version like this:
My mom has one that was passed down from my great grandfather and I remember wrapping myself in its warmth each winter growing up in Oregon. The original blankets were traded to North American native tribes (mostly Canadian First Nations tribes) in exchange for pelts. I did a little research to find out what the little lines on the side mean and apparently they actually indicate the size of the blanket so that it didn't need to be unfolded and measured when traded. These heavy wool blankets were a staple in the 18th and 19th centuries and remain an iconic piece of North American history.
Being a history buff, especially when it comes to the 19th century, I of course love these blankets. So when I saw this shawl, I knew I had to make it.
First, I looked to my stash to see what Tosh Merino Light I already had hiding there and luckily I came up with 3 of the 5 colors right off the bat! I am using "Milk" as the body and "Scarlett", "Candlewick", "Malachite", and "Cobalt" as the stripes. The blue stripe on the original hudson bay blankets was a very dark navy, almost black, however, I love the designer's brighter blue version and wanted to stick with that look for my shawl as well.
Follow my progress on Ravelry here.