You know when you visit food blogs and you have to weed through eleventy billion paragraphs about how the blogger decided on a specific spice market to purchase their spices from before you actually get to the recipe? Nobody cares about your journey through seventeen spice markets Sheila! Just get on with the recipe already! Right? Well, today’s post is going to be just like that. Only crochet and a very special pattern instead of spice markets and a new, blow your socks off curry recipe.
Today is all about this lady in the picture above. That’s my sister-cousin Ame. I always say sister-cousin instead of just cousin because she is more like a sister to me than a cousin and always has been. There are only a handful of people in the world who have known me as long as she has and even less who understand me like she does.
About three years ago she asked me to design her something that she could wear out in the evenings that was “fancy.” The length of time it took me to actually grant her wish is a bit embarrassing and I’m not sure what it says about my sister-cousin status but it is here, finally.
(Tester Veronica used Mulberry)
Ame’s Embrace is designed as a triangular shawl but I also took care to ensure that if you wanted to convert it into a wrap it could be done with ease. The border is very simple and if you want to take the time to look at it and make adjustments it can be done relatively easily as well. There is full fringe, fringe lite and for those who don’t like fringe at all.. Well you can just opt out completely. It looks awesome no matter which you choose.
Each element of the shawl has been created with purpose. Each small component is a bit that represents my sister-cousin and as such, in essence it is a way for each of you to hopefully feel the same love I am blessed to have from Ame for yourselves.
(Tester Leighann used Pickled Ginger)
The center of the motif is a daisy. It is her favorite flower.
The box around the daisy represents the box she never lets me stay in for too long. Like so many other people I have battled with depression of various levels throughout my life. Ame has always been there, in some way to help me through. Even if she had to drive three hours just to crawl in bed with me and hold me while I cried. I think, of all the elements that make up this piece, this box is the most meaningful for me. There have been some really dark times in my life, times when I honestly felt like I was drowning in the darkness that she has been there for and helped me out of.
(Tester Karen used Olive)
The corners of the motif are tulips. Yes, there is a lot of artistic impression here but work with me. A number of years ago my sister-cousin met and married one of the most awesome guys God put on the planet. Downside was that a few years after that he got stationed at Whidbey Island Washington and took her all the way across the country, literally. Upside, aside from the insane happiness they found with each other was that my cousin got to visit the tulip fields in Washington each year that they were there. I’d always look forward to her Facebook posts containing tons of photos of the gorgeous tulip fields. I’ve never been there to see them with my own eyes but I got to live it through her! They also look pretty awesome and take on a life of their own once you start attaching them together.
The lace work is my nod to her love of Irish Lace Crochet. No, it doesn’t look just like Irish Lace but, it’s kind of close. I tried my best not to make each section look perfect, as the webbing in Irish Lace never is.
(Tester Sheri used Orchid)
Finally, the grape bunches on the border. Wine right? I put grapes there to celebrate wine! Wrong. Those grapes represent all the grape lives that have been saved because the wine racks in my sister-cousin’s house are not occupied by wine bottles. Do you know what occupies them? YARN! True story! Her husband facetimed me when her stash finally broke the boundaries of her office and said “Will you look at what your cousin has done.” I see no problem with this at all, truly. This is normal, this is ALL normal.
(Tester Melissa used Charcoal)
So this is Ame’s Embrace. It is my very humble tribute to a woman who has been a constant inspiration and guiding light in my life. She always supports me even if she doesn’t understand. She always loves me, even when I make poor choices. She tells it to me straight, even if I don’t want to hear it. She is one of the kindest people to ever walk this planet and I am lucky to have her in my life as a cousin, a sister and a friend.
(Crocheted by Marthie using Watershed – Photographed by Jennifer – Modeled by Josephine of The Yarn Room)
To work the pattern you’ll need a minimum 8 balls of Nurturing Fibres Eco-Lush yarn, 9 if you prefer full fringe. (Go with full fringe! You know you wanna!) You can purchase Eco-Lush by visiting Good Loops Yarn. I used a 2.5 mm hook for the project so if you don’t have one of those you’ll need to get yourself one. This shawl is also worked using the join as you go method! Don’t be scared if you’ve never done the join as you go method before because there will be full video tutorials for the project. I’ll be with you every step of the way!
The pattern will go on sale on Saturday, November 7th and will be available for digital purchase at Good Loops Yarn, LoveCrafts and my Etsy Store.
(Ame after receiving her name sake worked in Aventurine)
A special note about the first month of proceeds from the sale of this pattern: It will all be donated to a co-worker of mine who was out of work for six weeks with Covid. We are only given 80 hours of Covid pay so she went an entire month without pay. She is the only earner in her household where she has custody of her two grandsons. We’re going to help buy those babies Christmas this year because as one would expect, crawling out of a hole generated by losing a month of pay is incredibly hard.
Did you make it to the end? I certainly hope you did! Thank you for taking this journey with me and for always supporting me! It means the world to me. I cannot express how excited I am for you all to finally have this pattern in your hands. Not long to wait now!
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7 thoughts on “Introduction: Ame’s Embrace”
Stephanie … my heart is overfull reading about your tribute and love for your sister cousin!! This shawl I am sure means so much to her and you can just wrap yourself in the love that we as readers feel reading this post!!! Others must certainly feel it like I did!!! I am excited to purchase this pattern and make this beautiful masterpiece. You are the best video teacher hands down!! Your patterns are incredibly easy to read and understand ( I just finished my 7th Jean Ann last night for a Christmas gift). I am off to stare at some yummy eco-lush and decide on a color!!! Kudos to you on helping your co worker also … I think you need to add most giving human being to your resume also because you are just that!
Thank you for your kind words Raquel! I am looking forward to seeing what color you choose and seeing your finished Ame’s Embrace!
I did make it to the end of your post, and I loved it. If I remember correctly, you are a military wife, just like me, although my husband is now retired. What a wonderful relationship you have with your cousin, and how sweet to dedicate a pattern just to her. I don’t make or use shawls, however I am going to purchase this pattern because I also love that you are helping a fellow worker.
P.S. Love your blog!
Hi Peggy! I am not a military wife. I was raised in a Marine Corps family. Thank you for your kind words. Don’t forget that the shawl can easily be adapted into a wrap. I designed it with that in mind because so many people aren’t fond of triangle shawls. You’ll have to do your own math with the border but it really is a simple one that can be adjusted very easily! ❤️
Beautiful story and most of all beautiful work! To have a close relationship with family like that is totally and amazingly blessed by The Lord himself. I have to put this on my long wish list for sure!
May God continue to bless you with so much creativity.
Will this be available on Ravelry?
No ma’am. I am not on Ravelry.