Monday, 18 June 2012

On and off the sticks...

I find I enjoy knitting so much more in summer than I do in the colder months. Maybe because it is more portable and I can take it out in to the garden or sit in the conservatory where the light is so much better. I don't ever really knit anything substantial in size so I never need worry about heavy woollen WIP's draping over my lap.




This is LaLa's Simple Shawl and was my last challenge from when Kristina, Nancy and I last visited Kew together. We have decided to use our regular wanderings as a sort of mentoring session to encourage each other on projects or ideas that we are working on or ruminating over. It seems to be a successful way of ticking things off The List.





It looks quite generous draped over Mrs Jennings, my trusty model, but I really would've liked it a little bigger. I have worn it though, and it is just right for adding a little bit of warmth to these chilly days of so-called summer. The linen is soft and supple and I believe it will become butter-soft when I wash it.






As ever, there is another project lined up and this time I needed very little persuasion to purchase some Alice sock yarn. I don't think I have ever felt a yarn so beautifully soft. It is divine. After some deliberation over colour combinations, I went with this warm salmony coral colour paired with a natural cream. Bright summery colours that will give me that much needed yarn-y cuddle around my shoulders.

I seem to have a slight fixation with shawls at the moment and know I am not alone (you know who you all are!).





From tiny beginnings, come forth bigger and softer things. All details over on Ravelry.

9 comments:

  1. Beginning to feel I should be crocheting a shawl.
    I like Mrs Jennings, I'm rereading I Capture The Castle and there is a dressmaker's dummy in it called Mrs Blossom -I think Mrs Jennings is probably a cut above Mrs B.

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  2. Your linen shawl really is gorgeous Tracy and it's good to see that you've got your next project already on the needles (such cute stitch markers too). I love the Alice sock yarn (even the label is gorgeous) and I have a skein of a very similar colour (called Party Shoes) sitting here waiting for me to cast on something for a friend overseas, I'm still looking for the perfect pattern to use it on so will pop over to Ravelry and see which one you're making.

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  3. oh I know how lovely that yarn is! can't wait to see more! and planning my next shawl adventure !

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  4. Love that sparrow knitted up! Alice Sock....sigh....still admiring my skein. I was restrained in Loop, wasn't I?! Can't wait to see Stripe Study take shape...

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  5. A lovely shawl, me thinks you have stirred me to look to the knitting needles again. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  6. That linen shawl is absolutely gorgeous. And I love the coral colour of your new yarn. Happy knitting. x

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  7. Your shawl is beautiful! I'd really like to try my hand at one -- I've seen so many pretty ones on the internet. Your new sock yarn is gorgeous too!

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  8. Pretties. The linen shawl is gorgeous and your stripes are so summery.

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  9. Every time I see a shawl lately I am tempted to try knitting one for myself. This is no exception. The linen used just makes the temptation all that much greater.

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