I’ve been itching to get started on another handspun shawl and, after looking at dozens of patterns and handspun combos earlier this week, decided that I NEED to knit another daybreak. And this one MUST be knit in Wensleydale.
I chose to use 4oz of “Not So Seaworthy” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with Rosa’s amazing natural deep brown. I really like how these two yarns play together and Wensleydale is just so dreamy to work with! It is knitting up super fast and I’m looking forward to snuggling up in it on these still-cool spring evenings.
What’s on your needles, hook, spindle or wheel?
Today seems like the perfect day to share a spoiler pic of Spring Snow with you all. The pattern is currently being test knit (thank you so much gals!) and one of the knitters has finished it already!!! That was super quick! I’m hoping to get some better photos taken in the near future to share with you all
Still working steadily away on my new pattern and thought that today would be the perfect day to share a couple of spoiler pics.
I have chosen to name this shawl “Spring Snow” because it is soft, fluffy, and delicate, much like the last snows of the year. The basis of the shawl is a garter stitch triangle with a knitted on top edging and a lovely geometric lace border.
The patterns is in the final stage of writing and will soon be sent out to be test knit. I’m looking forward to making another Spring Snow already.
I’ve been working on a new pattern and have decided to give you a little sneak peek of what is going on. I’m being extra tricky too, because you can only see a teensy little piece but I will give you a few hints:
- it is a shawl
- some garter stitch love is involved
- geometric lace
- it is modular
That, and I’m knitting it is Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze … one of my favorite yarns. I always feel incredibly spoiled when I get to play with this particular yarn.
So that is all I’m going to share about this project for the moment, but do check back as I plan to post more spoiled pics as I go along.
Happy WIP Wednesday everyone!
Today is a strange day … I’ve been sitting here trying to write a post about my Lichen Mists and I words just don’t seem to want to come. Me, at a loss for words? Strange indeed! Call it March madness, call it spring fever … all I want to do is be outside
Since I can’t find the words to do my yummy new shawl justice, I’ll keep it short and sweet.
- This is my new handspun shawl.
- I absolutely LOVE it.
- I feel positively elvish wearing it.
- This pattern was MADE for my special skein of handspun
- I’m cuddled up in the shawl right now and plan to wear it out tomorrow night.
Now, this girl is going back outside to enjoy the delicious evening sunshine that makes spring so very tempting.
Happy weekend all!
Handspun Lichen Mists Shawl
Sunday afternoon, I started coming down with a little flu-ish type bug. I snuggled up in my chair with a cozy blanket, a hot cup of tea, and some knitting and made a really great start on my Juneberry Triangle.
This is one of those patterns that I knew I just HAD to knit as soon as I saw it. I’m a big fan of Jared Flood’s designs and this one in particular is exceptional. I love how the lace patterns flow into each other, the superb texture, and the fact the pattern works well in both worsted and sport weight yarns. Actually, truth be told, since I’m currently knitting it in fingering weight yarn, it works well in that weight too. And it is quite surprisingly a quick knit (I’m currently finishing up the last 1/3 of the knitted edging) despite the intricacy of the lace patterns and bobbles which make this shawl pattern so wonderful.
Due to the healing combo of rest, good tea, and knitting I am feeling much better now AND I’ve almost finished a new shawl.
In other news, here in Prince Edward Island was are ushering in Spring with a bit of a snow storm. I was also told that on both Spring and Autumn Equinox that you can balance an egg on its end so you know that the kids and I had to try it out. And do you know what? It takes some time and patience but it really does work.
How are you enjoying your first day of Spring?
As many of you know, I set “rules” for myself when it comes to crafting … no more than 3 knitted WIPs at a time and if it doesn’t fit in my stash basket, I don’t need it … just to name two. It may seem a little strange, or even restrictive to do so, but believe me, it saves me from crafting induced insanity and losing all my good circulars in a mountain of WIPs. These “rules” also help me to prioritize. If I start a project that I don’t love, I frog it and save the yarn for something I feel it is more suited towards. I also seem to have a sub-conscious rule that I absolutely MUST have a shawl in-progress at all times.
Enter Lichen Mists by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud.
I was gifted this beautiful pattern from my dear friend Tina (thank you so much!) and I knew immediately what yarn this shawl would be knit in … Nevermore. I have had this special skein of handspun sitting in my stash like a treasured jewel since 2011. I would take it out, admire it, contemplate using it for a project and then put it back because it just didn’t feel right yet. When I wound it into a ball and started knitting my Lichen Mists with it, the feeling was YES! This skein of yarn was WAITING for this project.
Lichen Mists is a beautifully written pattern for an elegant lace shawl/shawlette that can be worked up in either lace or fingering weight yarns. It is perfect for any yarn that has nice drape and a bit of silkiness to it, as this handspun does. The pattern is also slightly addictive. I’ve knit half my shawl already and am eager to knit some more!
So do you save “special” balls of yarn like I do? Do you make crafting “rules” for yourself? I’d love to hear!
In this week’s FO Friday post, I’m happy to share with you my finished Pogona!
Pogona is a fun, geometrically shaped shawl by Stephen West, that is perfect for showing off handpainted fiber. I chose to knit this from my handspun Wensleydale in “Scarecrow” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I love the warm and inviting colors and my friend W. says that the colors and stripey-ness of the shawl remind her of some of the beautiful mushrooms growing in the woods. I only ended up using 6 out of my 8oz of this yarn so I still have another 2oz of this yummy fiber to play with. Yay!
I used the recommended 4.0 mm needles for my Pogona and it yielded a nice sized and beautifully drapey shawl that just begs to be snuggled in. I am gifting this shawl to a fellow spinner with an obsession with longwools (just like me!) and I really hope that she enjoys wrapping up in it.
What’s on your needles? Finish up anything new? I’d love to hear all about it!
Had a little false start with this blog post earlier today … accidentally hit “Publish” while trying to explain a feature of WordPress to my husband. Whoops! Sorry about that!
In this weeks work-in-progress post I’m sharing a project, my continuing obsession with handspun shawls, AND with Stephen West’s patterns … a handspun Pogona. I’m often curious as about the names of projects and, as a little side note, according to both the pattern pages and google, Pogona is a genus of lizard which are commonly known as “bearded dragon.” Cool huh? Learn something new every day
The fiber I chose for this project is 8oz of wensleydale in “Scarecrow” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I love the bright, vibrant, end-of-summer-ish colors in this fiber and as for wensleydale, I just can’t get enough of it! Scarecrow was the October colorway of the month and I chose to spin up mine as fingering weight singles with the intention of using it to knit a shawl. I wanted something that would really show off the great colors of this fiber without muddying the design, so enter in Pogona. A really quick knit (I’m half finished already!) with lots of texture and a unique shape. Can’t wait to work blocking magic on this baby!
So what have you been working on this week? Is there a designer’s patterns that you just can’t get enough of? I’d love to hear all about it!
I excited to finally be able to share some pictures of my Barndom shawl with you all. It is a fun combination of garter stitch goodness, colorwork, and cabling and I highly recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a fun and striking shawl.
I did run into a couple of bumps along the way (late night knitting and keeping track of rows aren’t really friends at this house) and I ran out of blue yarn (I could have SWORN that I had another ball around here somewhere!) but all in all I’m really pleased with the results. And the shawl is so squishy and cozy. I love snuggling up in soft woolly things!
Have you been working on any big projects? Have you finished something that you are particularly proud of? I’d love to hear all about it!