This shawl's name comes from the name of the childhood street of one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Ramona Quimby. I wanted to create a shawl that served nicely in a variety of ways: as a maternity or nursing shawl, a mama and baby snuggling shawl, a baby blanket, a shawl to wear while babywearing, and so forth. But as I developed the shawl design, I saw that it could also be worn as a cape by imaginative children of any age, and was struck with how magical it would be for a child to wear a shawl that their mother wore before they were born, or that was the first blanket they were wrapped in, or brought along on first outings to the park... you get the idea.
As a mom, I know that our three children will always be my babies, no matter how many years circle us. The idea of holding onto our childhood in a shawl, like being Ramona forever, just captivated me. It hope its stitches are just as captivating to you.
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Photos by Christa Tippmann
Originally published in Petite Purls, Spring 2012