Monday, February 28, 2011

Craft-a-Poem February: (After the) Storm Cloud Shawlette

For this month's (just in the nick of time!) Craft-a-Poem entry, I chose a lovely poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Place Where the Rainbow Ends. And, like last month's project, I knitted a none-too-subtle interpretation: a rainbow shawlette, pictured here pre-blocking:

After the Storm Cloud Shawlette

The Place Where the Rainbow Ends

There's a fabulous story
Full of splendor and glory,
That Arabian legends transcends;
Of the wealth without measure,
The coffers of treasure,
At the place where the rainbow ends.

Oh, many have sought it,
And all would have bought it,
With the blood we so recklessly spend;
But none has uncovered,
The gold, nor discovered
The spot at the rainbow's end.

They have sought it in battle,
And e'en where the rattle
Of dice with man's blasphemy blends;
But howe'er persuasive,
It still proves evasive,
This place where the rainbow ends.

I own for my pleasure,
I yearn not for treasure,
Though gold has a power it lends;
And I have a notion,
To find without motion,
The place where the rainbow ends.

The pot may hold pottage,
The place be a cottage,
That a humble contentment defends,
Only joy fills its coffer,
But spite of the scoffer,
There's the place where the rainbow ends.

Where care shall be quiet,
And love shall run riot,
And I shall find wealth in my friends;
Then truce to the story,
Of riches and glory;
There's the place where the rainbow ends.

Storm Cloud Shawlette

Project Details:

Pattern: Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz (not on Ravelry? really? go here)
Yarn: Kauni Wool Effektgarn 8/2, EQ colourway, 280.4 metres/306.6 yards
Needle: 5.0mm/US 8
Modifications: None
Notes: Quick-and-easy pattern with a lovely result. Cast-on to cast-off: 8 days, knit mostly on the bus to and from work. I'll definitely make this again in a more Piggy-friendly colourway. Perhaps in Malabrigo Silky? I'd make it longer next time. This one will be for my nieces' tickle trunk.
Ravelled: yarnpiggy's After the Storm Cloud Shawlette

Now onto March! I haven't chosen my project yet, but I suspect it might be knit with Malabrigo, as Malabrigo March Madness starts tomorrow!


  1. Great poem & a pretty shawl. I am going to have to head over to Ravelry & check it out. If I may ask what exactly is your niece's tickle trunk ??

  2. I love this shawl. I am such a sucker for rainbows...ever since The Muppet Movie.