This week we inaugurated the season of al fresco dinners on our little rooftop terrace. We eat while watching the daily spectacle of the sun setting behind the mountain at the head of the valley. When we sit down it's sunny and warm. The sky gradually gets tinted by the sunset. By the time we finish dinner, it's dusk, and quite often cool with an evening breeze blowing. Without being prompted, just before dinner Rebecca always asks, "Mamma, may I take a shawl?” She goes to the basket, grabs one of my shawls (one of the colored shawls - never the black one), and goes out onto the terrace.
I crocheted these shawls a few years ago (you can find them on my Ravelry page, they're variations of the South Bay Shawlette, a free pattern by Lion Brand Yarn), and they're a basic of my wardrobe, winter and summer alike - shawls are definitely the most-used pieces of clothing I've made. It amuses me to see my eight-year-old daughter deftly wrap a shawl around her shoulders, and tie a knot at the front, wearing the shawl just like I do. And it makes me happy to have made shawls that I can share with her at dinnertime.