Sunday, 24 August 2014

Although it's still August

Although it's still August, there's a distinct nip in the air & it's feeling quite autumnal. Blackberries are starting and we have the first plums on our tree. Thoughts are turning to the new season's knitting and I've been using plum coloured yarns for my next design Wild Orchid.

It's a sideways knitted shawl in four versions: a shallow crescent, deeper triangle & asymmetrical in two  depths. I've used Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4 ply for the shallow crescent sample & it only took 320 yds to get a wearable size, so great for yarns with slightly less yardage.

The deeper triangular one I made in John Arbon Textiles Alpaca in the glorious Damson colour. I love how large (60" x 26") it is and I'm really fond of light weight alpaca shawls as they are so cosy, yet easily to wrap around your neck.

One of my testers used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light for the deeper asymmetrical version which worked very well. It could also be made in a heavier yarn such as DK or worsted weight for a cosy winter wrap.