Sometimes a skein of yarn calls to you and you have to have it, without knowing what you're going to do with it - such was the case when I saw this skein of Madelinetosh Light in Tart. The dark red color spoke to my nostalgic love of graveyards and vampires and dancing at Goth night. I needed a pattern that would knit up in this vein - I wanted something Victorian and lacey and suitable for tarot readings or late nights under a full moon.
The Henslowe shawl pattern fit the bill perfectly. This pattern by Beth Kling uses 420 yards of fingering weight yarn (one skein of Madelinetosh Light). I love the long shape and simple lace design. The garter stitch body and lace edging are completely reversible so you don't need to worry how your shawl is styled when you're moving on a dance floor.
And of course, the obligatory black cat photo for our goth post!