This week I finished knitting a shawl from recycled silk. I just had to have this yarn and the circular pattern which were at the Craft and Quilt Fair in Newcastle last February in Prudence Mapstone's stall http://www.knotjustknitting.com . The pattern is called Tapestry Shawl by Jill Vosburg, Just One More Row. http://www.justonemorerow.com . It is a very easy pattern, knitted in short rows with very large gauge needles. As I seem to wear mostly black especially in winter, I thought I needed a bit of colour in my life this year. Jim made me a beautiful Huon Pine button and I sewed it on as a clasp with a piece of carnelian. Carnelian is said to promote peace and harmony, dispel depression, strengthen self confidence, and confer eloquence to a speaker. With this mind, I wore the new shawl with the wood and carnelian button to the Model United Nations Assembly this weekend. I needed all the colour of the recycled silk and the powers of the carnelian as I was the Secretary General in today's session of the simulated General Assembly. It was a great experience.