The FBS is off the needles! Something about the bumps on the backside of this shawl remind me of the fine gauge, machine knit, machine washable, acrylic, lacy sweaters my grandma (Nana) and great-grandma (Gramma) wore. You know the kind? It seems that more often than not they were white or off-white, with a slightly bumpy diamond pattern. The bumps in the shawl also remind me of egg-carton foam mattresses, which also brings Nana and Gramma to mind. Hmmm.
I went looking and found this picture of my great grandmother, Gramma, wearing a similar one with me sitting in her lap in her yard in Seattle, marked September 1971 on the back, right around when I turned 2 years old. She was born in the 1880's so she would have been close to 90 years old when this picture was taken. I still have that same Volkswagen that I'm holding in the picture.
I tried to block the shawl the other day but was too pressed for time and got annoyed with it. I'll have to rewet it and give it another go. It's time for the bumps to go and the flower baskets to emerge.