Pattern: Leaf and Nupp shawl, from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. I chose this pattern because the leaves in the lace pattern also reminded me of bluebells – a nice combination with the yarn, I thought.
Yarn: Posh Yarn Eva 2 ply cashmere/silk. This is the Bluebell colourway from Posh’s cashmere club. The colour is hard to capture, especially in the full sun in which these photos were taken. But it is a beautiful, utterly bluebell-y blue, with subtle tinges of lavender.
Needles: 3.25 mm
Notes: I spent this weekend at the wonderful Knitnation organised by the awesome Alice and CookieA. I’ll post more on that later, especially with details of my highly uncharacteristic stash acquisition (Wollmeise anyone??). But I also spent a day doing a workshop on Estonian lace making with Nancy Bush. I met some lovely people, and it was incredibly interesting hearing about this region’s history of making lace for the last couple of hundred years.
One of the things that I learned was that the nupps, that you can see in the photo above, work best in white yarn, because apparently light reflects differently on white than on any other colour. Which explains why they are not that prominent in my or other coloured versions, and made me think I’d like to try another nupp-based shawl in a natural coloured Shetland laceweight yarn.
I also wish I’d made the shawl larger, as it is really more of a large scarf size. Nancy Bush had a sample that she had knitted of the same pattern, in a pure Shetland wool, and it was much larger than my version. I hadn’t thought about it before, but once I saw the two together it was obvious that the silk content in my shawl made the yarn much less stretchier, and therefore block much smaller, than the pure wool shawl. Yet another reason to try a Shetland shawl!
And finally, just because a girl in a sports car (yes, I am still harping on about our recent trip to France!) really ought to wear a headscarf, here’s one of me posing like mad…
After what was probably for me an unprecedented 2-month knitting hiatus, I finally caught the bug again. Instrumental in this was the fact that I had signed up for Dee at Posh Yarn’s Cashmere Club last December, which means that every couple of months some delicious hand-dyed cashmere gets dropped through my letterbox. (The fact that I paid for it last year also makes me feel rather like this is free yarn – irrational, I know, but hey, if it makes me happy…)
I started this scarf at the beginning of April, just as we were about to go on holiday to Morocco for a week. I thought that the beautiful, tulip-inspired colours would match that landscape well, and I was right.
It was perfect for getting me back into knitting – a quick, easy knit with many dropped row stitches that meant the scarf grew incredibly quickly, and a nice bit of lace at each end. I am somewhat ambivalent about variegated yarn in general, but I am really happy with how this stitch pattern worked with, rather than against, the yarn.
Although I love the result, these are not really my colours, so this scarf is destined to become a gift for a deserving friend (hope she’s not reading as I haven’t given it to her yet!)
Here are the details:
Pattern: Victorian Ruby (Ravelry link) by Jane Sowerby, from Victorian Lace Today
Yarn: Posh Yarn Eva 4 ply silk/cashmere, in the colourway Tulip Time
Pattern: Ishbel shawlette, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Posh Yarn Diana 2ply, 70% merino 30% silk, in the colourway Escape. The colours can best be seen in this photo of the scarf blocking:
Notes: I made this shawlette as a birthday present for a friend – one of my rare knitting projects for someone other than myself! She is one of the few people I know who really appreciate a hand-made gift, and is such a good friend that I am happy to knit for her.
This was incredibly quick to knit, taking just one weekend to knit. Both the stocking stitch and the lace sections were fun and easy, without being boring. I loved it, and luckily my friend does too!
Pattern: Anemoi Mittens, by Eunny Jang.
Yarn: Posh Yarn Lucia, in Fairground and Natural.
Needles: 2mm and 2.5mm.
Modifications: I altered the fingertips and cast off – you can see what I did here. I reversed the dark/light colour combination from that charted. The thumbs are slightly longer than in the pattern. Other than that, I followed the pattern exactly as written.
Notes: I used the Italian tubular cast on method which gives a decorative, corded edge. For a more detailed picture, and a link to a great photo tutorial on this method, click here.
I loved making these mittens. They were quick and fun, and the pattern was well written and clearly charted. The yarn was delightful; I am really happy with how the white yarn highlights the beautiful Fairground colours. They are yet another example of why I like variegated yarn so much more when it is spliced with white!
Warning: this is a photo-heavy post – I got a bit camera-happy in my excitement about this shawl!
Yarn: Posh Yarn Cecilia, 50/50 cashmere/silk, in the Fern colourway
This has been a joy to knit from start to finish. The pattern changed frequently enough to keep me interested, and the yarn was sublime to work with. I’ve been entranced and a little obsessed with it, and I have even seriously considered picking up my unfinished pink version and working on it again straight away…
I love the little alien faces:
Details on my Ravelry page here
Cute pointy edging:
The yarn moves subtly from blue green to yellow green, not enough to stripe the shawl, just enough to add depth to the colour.
I got to wear this for the first time last Thursday when I met Arienwen for the first time and we went to the knitting night at Iknit London together. I’ve got to know her through her blog, and it was lovely meeting up in person.