Happy Birthday, mom!

Today is my mother’s birthday. She’s one of those mothers that’s not only a mother, but a friend. Like, a really good friend. Not an acquaintance-type friend, but one of the main peeps on your favorites list, one of the first people you call when you have a problem or need some clarity. She’s just an all-around awesome person. And one heck of a good grandmother.

My beautiful mother, in a dress I made for her

Which is why, many many moons ago, when I was first designing, and one-skein-of-sock-yarn shawlettes were all the rage, I made her a small shawl (for her birthday) and named the pattern Alma Lou.

Alma Lou, the pattern

You see, her name is Alma Lucretia, and my siblings and I christened her with the nickname Alma Lou a long time ago. BUT, this is a shawl that I’ve been meaning to upsize for quite a while. It’s a super simple and mindless knit, in a fantastically wide-winged triangular shape that works really well for wrapping and snuggling under, if big enough.

Alma Lou

I do believe that will be on my designer-ly agenda soon: an upsized version. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll make one for the lady in question, the birthday girl, my mother.

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