Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Lime Pea Pi Shawl

It's always fun to knit the same pattern a second time with a little bit of a difference. I finished a new design a little while ago - my Ruby Pi Shawl, and I enjoyed the process so much I thought I would try it in a finer yarn. The original shawl is knit in Jamieson's Ultra Lace Yarn (colour Lava) and it makes a very warm and useful shawl or sofa blankie. This time I wanted something a little luxurious and light. 

I used Colourmart Cashmere Silk 2/28NM laceweight yarn in the colour Lime Pea. It is beautiful to work with from the cone, so soft and silky and fine. I used a 3.25mm needle and the shawl is 54" across and makes a comfortable shawl size. The shawl weighs 94g and I used approximately 1,441 yards altogether.

The pattern itself is easy to memorise and there are rest rows every second row for the most part, so you get a lot of impact for such a simple design. It's perfect TV knitting!

Looking forward to releasing the pattern soon, I have a few techie issues to iron out first.

Happy knitting


Knitmas 2016

Knitmas is the most wonderful time of the year! All the Irish Twitter Knitters get together with the help of the website Elfster, to create the most amazing gift exchange. Names are randomly drawn and we have to make a gift, add some edible goodies, buy a small gift and part with a piece of our own stash, to be posted anonymously on December 1st.

The amount of effort and brain power that goes into these creations is phenomenal. We all spend time asking questions (anonymously of course) and getting to know our recipients, before deciding on the gifts to give. Sometimes there are themes, handwritten gift tags, clues about the gift-er, but always at the end of it all there is a box of goodies that the gift-ee has fun waiting for, opening and using. 

This year I made a pretty little shawl in Merino Silk from my own design - Helstone Shawl. It reminded me that I never actually published the pattern and I enjoyed revisiting an old favourite.

So yesterday morning, the postman reversed at speed through the gate and handing me a very heavy box with great flourish across the half door. I'm sure he was wondering what could possibly be so heavy in a polka dot box. I did wonder myself!

On opening, I had more carefully wrapped blue tissue parcels to negotiate. Each treasure brought a gasp and oohs and ahhs and I was grinning in wonder through it all. 

I was utterly spoilt rotten my my gift-ee Jenny, a beautiful yarn bowl (I don't own one, but always wanted one!), hot chocolate, handmade stitch markers, a gorgeous notebook, handmade slippers (in my favourite colour), a little soapy sheep, cookie cutters, and a very squishable skein of Dublin Dye DK! The sweetest part were two handmade bowls by my very talented Elf, that I will treasure.

So there you have it, the fun still continues on twitter, with more gifts arriving every day.

Happy knitting