Poetry in the Peaks aka Far Too Pretty for Socks!

The yarn for this shawl was purchased to make a memory shawl to mark a particular visit to the Manchester/High Peak area to visit friends and family.  I fell in love with it in the shop and despite it being designed to make socks from I decided that it would be a tragedy if no one was able to see the lovely colours in it.  It’s Rico Designs Superba Poems in the Lagoon colourway (005).

I really enjoyed this yarn, the colours are so beautiful and they really lend themselves well to the Goddess Knits Peasant Shawl pattern and best of all it’s free 🙂 It seemed such a shame for it to spend it’s life being hidden by shoes!

It knitted up fairly quickly but I went a little off piste with the pattern as I had much more yarn than the original called for – I basically have done one ball of the garter stitch triangle and the other in the lace chart pattern, ending on the last row of the 4th full chart repeat. Many thanks have to go to Heather over at Knit Lace as her stitch count chart really helped in deciding when to begin the lace repeats.

 

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Summer Night

A present for a 60th Birthday, the Summer Stream Scarf by Asami Kawa was a simple but beautiful project choice.

I love knitting with this yarn, it’s light and soft and smells beautiful because it’s dipped in essential oils after it’s been dyed. Machelle you are a yarn diva genius 🙂  If you want to get a some of your own it’s Chopped Tomatoes Heavenly Infusion Wool Cashmere, I used the Tropical Twilight colourway.

It grew quickly, but I had to start something else to break the monotony of the 2 row repeat.  I also didn’t graft in the middle but after one repeat of the body chart at one end.  I think it blends better and I don’t like the idea of having a seam, however well grafted it might be, in the middle of a scarf that can be quite obvious if you choose to wrap the scarf around your neck once and let the ends hang at the front.

The day before it was due to be gifted it was pinned out and drying on the living room floor – just in the nick of time! It looks really nice and because of the cashmere it’s light as a feather and deliciously warm 🙂

Mist Shawl

This is was my first foray into lace knitting.  It’s a pattern called Arwen Wrap from Tabitha’s Heart Design.  Knitted on KnitPro circular needles with Rowan Pure Wool DK in the Shale colourway it’s toasty warm and goes with everything.

There were teething problems and many froggings but once I got on a roll this was a pleasure to knit.

The knitting of this shawl took about a month on and off, the lace repeats of the main body are easy to remember and it grows wonderfully quickly as it’s knitted on 6mm needles.

I had to learn how to graft in order to finish this knit and I’m sure that the next time I have to do it I’ll have to look it up again!  On the whole the project was a sucess and I’m very pleased with the way it looks now that it’s blocked.